ECSU to get $13 million face-lift from state funding

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Millions of dollars in state funding will help give Elizabeth City State University a face-lift, Gov. Pat McCrory and university officials announced Thursday.

Speaking at ECSU Thursday, McCrory said a $13 million in bond money will be spent toward campus improvements over the next four years.

ECSU Chancellor Thomas E. H. Conway, Jr. says they plan to renovate the G.R. Little Library and Moore Hall, the school’s main classroom building.

“The Northeast region of the state needs a strong presence of a very important university, and I might add not just for North Carolina, but I think it also helps Virginia,” McCrory said. “Political boundaries mean nothing to me when it comes to education and economic development.”

The money comes from the “Connect N.C.” bond that voters approved earlier this year.

“Another one of our goals outside the bonds is to connect the Elizabeth city area more with Hampton Roads.” McCrory said Thursday.

The university says enrollment has declined by more than 50 percent over the last six years, according to Conway.

Conway says about 1,500 students are currently enrolled. He is hoping this investment will restore some life at the university.

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