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Our History


Explore East Carolina’s history from its founding to the present to learn more about the events that have shaped our institution.


Learn about the people who contributed to the development of East Carolina University, including our founders, leaders, faculty, students, staff, and benefactors.


View an interactive campus map that depicts the growth of campus and features information about buildings and spaces with historic and modern images.


Trace the growth of campus athletics from the first decade of intramural sports through the explosive growth of premier intercollegiate programs.

Featured Entry

Dr. Jesse R. Peel

Dr. Jesse R. Peel

Dr. Jesse R. Peel was born in 1940 in Everetts, North Carolina, to J. Woolard (1914-1984) and Helen Peel (1916-2005). Peel received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1965 before completing his residency in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1966-1969. Following his residency, Peel served as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy and completed tours of duty in Vietnam and Okinawa, Japan. He eventually accepted a position at a psychiatric practice in Atlanta and subsequently began to tailor his outpatient practice towards the local LGBT community. In the early 1980s, Peel became involved with local non-profit organizations that worked to provide HIV/AIDS-related support and education to the region. Read more…


East Carolina’s ethic of service was at the heart and soul of its founding over a century ago.

Evident in its original mission of training teachers for the sake of advancing literacy and public education, the service ethic has since expanded to the arts, athletics, business, health sciences, and technology. Although originally chartered to educate white men and women the school eventually moved beyond the racial barriers of the Jim Crow era in which it was born, aspiring to be a university for all. ECU Chronicles: Our History remembers this enduring legacy of service in the hopes of advancing it as a beacon for our ongoing growth and development.

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