Dr. Brock Womble ’94, ’96, ’01 to Lead NCCAT

NCCAT_m_brock_womble_2This past October, East Carolina alumnus Dr. Brock Womble ’94, ’96, ’01 was selected to become the next executive director of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT).

Despite being executive director for only a month and a half, Womble already has a vision. He plans on using his position to help improve teacher appreciation and give teachers more opportunities for professional development.

“Teachers need to be reminded of how thankful we are to have them educating our children. Teachers are tremendous role models and leaders for our students,” said Womble. “The goal is to provide high quality professional development to teachers in an environment that values teaching profession.”

Womble’s appointment comes as no surprise, as his body of work and education makes him a perfect candidate for the job. Womble attended ECU after graduating from Appalachian State University. During his time he was able to receive his masters, educational specialist, and doctorates degrees.

“I began my professional teaching career in Hertford County and the proximity and reputation of the educational program led me to choose East Carolina University,” said Womble. “The educational leadership faculty had a wealth of experience in public school leadership and the value of those experiences provided me with insights to lead various schools and school districts.”

Womble has a decorated resume, bringing 22 years of education in numerous local, state and national leadership roles. Some positions he has held include serving as a member of the NCAT Board of Trustees and as a superintendent in four different regions of North Carolina.

Despite the experience, Womble also credits his success to the relationships he formed at ECU.

“My fondest memories at East Carolina University are the relationships I established with classmates and professors,” said Womble. “The friendships established at East Carolina University have helped me become successful in my professional career.”

By Michael Avila

#PirateNationGives: Support ECU Today on Giving Tuesday

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Today is Giving Tuesday! East Carolina University is participating in this global day of charitable giving, and we need your help to show that #PirateNationGives!

Following the kick-off of holiday season spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday encourages people to give to non-profit organizations of their choice.

All members of the East Carolina community – including students, parents, alumni, staff, faculty, and fans – are encouraged to donate online to ECU today at www.ecu.edu/piratenationgives.

Participants can show their support on social media using the hashtag #PirateNationGives. The more people that participate, the more we can raise in a single day!

Your contributions will support scholarships, research, athletics, the arts, teaching resources, learning experiences for students, and much more. You can give to any area of the university you choose, and gifts may be in any amount. If you’ve never given to ECU before, this is a great day to start!

Dr_Jerry_McGee_Challenge-002_1This year, your gift can have double the impact, thanks to a challenge from ECU alumnus Dr. Jerry McGee ’66. If you to make a first-time donation of $100 or increase your last gift by $100, he will give an additional $100 to ECU, up to $25,000.


This is the second year that ECU is participating in Giving Tuesday. Last year, ECU received 132 gifts totaling $67,248.

This year, our goal is $75,000, and you can help us reach it! Every day is a great day to be a Pirate, but today is the perfect day to show your support. At ECU, tomorrow starts here. Tomorrow will be even brighter when #PirateNationGives!