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The East Carolina University Board of Trustees recently had four members, Angela Moss, Phil Lewis, Leigh Fanning and Thomas Furr appointed to its board by the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors.

With three of the 13 spots filled with new members, two of those spots were filled by women.

We, the editorial staff at The East Carolinian, believe that the BOT does not accurately represent the student body of Pirate Nation because it is not as diverse as our university actually is.

ECU as a whole is mainly comprised of women as they make up roughly 60 percent of the student body, but the BOT is only 15 percent female. Along with diversity comes race and there is only one person of color or ethnicity on the BOT, Vince Smith.

The BOT does not accurately represent the student body as the main representation given are caucasian males, while ECU prides itself on having students with many different backgrounds. Pirate Nation is roughly 16 percent African American, seven percent Hispanic and eight percent Asian or other and the entire 31 percent is not represented and can not be represented by one African American.

The ECU student body has made it clear that they want a BOT that looks like its campus. Diverse between race and gender. A board that represents the student body will be a board that would better make decisions for them as well.

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