. . . “The individuals being honored tonight embody the ECU motto Servire, meaning to serve,” Chancellor Philip Rogers said in his opening remarks. “They serve our students, they serve our university, they serve our region and they serve our state with steadfast and selfless dedication. They represent the very best of ECU. Each one of them utilizes their unique skills and talents to transform the world around them. To each of you, thank you for your belief in the ideals of East Carolina University and thank you for the service-minded spirit with which you approach your work each and every day.”
Rogers presented the first award of the ceremony, the James R. Talton Jr. Leadership Award, to Margaret Bauer, an English professor in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Named in honor of the former Board of Trustees chairman, the award recognizes outstanding servant leadership.
Bauer has received numerous local and state honors, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, the highest honor given by North Carolina Humanities. She has served as editor of the award-winning North Carolina Literary Review for the past 25 years.
“Dr. Margaret Bauer lives out our mission every single day,” Rogers said. “She’s a servant leader, placing an emphasis on collaboration and partnerships in her many mission-aligned efforts. … Your colleagues, your students, this community, this region and this state are better because of your work.” . . .