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2022 is going to be a great year to be a Pirate.

Medical students Hoon Kong and Micah Lee perform MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” during the Brody School of Medicine’s annual talent show Nov. 12 at the Brody Auditorium.

We’re launching our new clinically integrated health care system that will see Vidant hospitals and provider locations, Vidant Health itself and ECU Physicians rebrand as ECU Health. And it’s not just a new name and signs. It’s a new way of doing business – eliminating redundancies, streamlining processes and making it easier for patients to navigate our system. We believe ECU Health will also allow us to more effectively and efficiently address issues, such as health disparities, facing our region.

In addition, the state has funded the planning and construction of our new medical education building. It will be new, modern and spacious as we increase the number of students attending the Brody School of Medicine.

The development of our public-private partnership, Intersect East, is underway as well. Crews are refurbishing the historic buildings for tenants such as the College of Engineering and Technology’s digital transformation center – and we expect to be naming other occupants soon.

Across the street, students and faculty are moving into our new Life Sciences and Biotechnology Building. Home to the Department of Biology and the Eastern Region Pharma Center, more than 17,000 students will take classes there each year.

We’ve officially announced the public phase of our $500 million comprehensive campaign and are already more than two-thirds of the way to our goal.

In July, we will welcome Provost Robin Coger to ECU. She brings a wealth of experience and ideas to our campus, and we are fortunate to have her join us.

And I can’t stop without applauding our gridiron Pirates, who won their way to their first bowl bid in seven seasons. Congrats to coach Mike Houston and the team!

We carry the momentum of 2021 into a new year. It is a great time to be a Pirate!

Philip Rogers, Ed.D.