It was first known as a school for teachers until it became a college. Now, it is one of the state’s foremost universities.
East Carolina University in Greenville was established in 1907 as East Carolina Teachers Training School. It was the brainchild of former Governor Thomas Jordan Jarvis.
When it opened two years later, its mandate was to provide men and women an education that allowed them to teach in North Carolina’s public schools.
The school has evolved: It was East Carolina Teachers College in 1921, then East Carolina College in 1951. Finally, it became East Carolina University in 1967.