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  • Your planned gift will help us carry out our mission for many years to come
  • Enjoy significant tax savings while providing for a cause that's meaningful to you
  • Give a future gift through your estate or an immediate gift that returns income

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East Carolina University
2200 S. Charles Blvd.
Mail Stop 301
Greenville, NC 27858
Telephone: 252-328-9566
Our Staff
Kendra Alexander Kendra Alexander
Gift and Estate Planning Officer, CFRE

Kendra Alexander, CFRE

Kendra joined ECU's development staff in 2007. Since then, she has helped alumni and friends of the University find ways to reconnect with ECU and invest in its future. In her current role as Gifts and Estate Planning Officer, Kendra works with donors as well as their attorneys, financial planners, and other advisors to help them make a difference through their estate plans and gift arrangements to maximize tax advantages.

Kendra received her bachelor's degree in Business from Meredith College in 2005. She became a certified fund-raising executive in November 2017.

Kendra has lived most of her life in eastern North Carolina and has witnessed the tremendous impact ECU has had on our region, state, and nation. Kendra is honored to be part of the planned giving team and work with donors who share a love for ECU.

Greg Abeyounis Greg Abeyounis
Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development

Greg Abeyounis, CFRE, MA '06

Greg currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development at ECU. He is responsible for setting the goals, objectives, quantitative analysis and strategy for all estate planning gifts and gifts of complex assets. He also oversees and leads the ECU Annual Giving Program which works across the ECU Foundation, Inc. and the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, Inc. Greg joined the ECU development staff in 2003 and has held the positions of Major Gift Officer, Director of Planned Giving, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development during his tenure.

Greg received his bachelor's degrees in Business and Sports Management in 1993 from Barton College. He received his master's degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 2006 from ECU. He became a certified fund-raising executive in March 2004 and recently served as President of the NC Planned Giving Council.

Greg understands how additional philanthropic resources can impact the lives of our citizens and genuinely enjoys helping donors create a legacy that will make a lasting difference at ECU and beyond.

Mark Hessert Mark Hessert
Associate Executive Director of the Pirate Club

Mark Hessert

With over 33 years of fundraising experience, Mark currently serves as Associate Athletics Director/Associate Executive Director of the ECU Educational Foundation, Inc. (Pirate Club). He has been a part of the Pirate Club staff since Sept. 1991.

In his current role, Mark administers the Pirate Club's planned giving initiatives including responsibility for all planned gift solicitations, stewardship and campus coordination of planned giving prospects. Multiple gift and estate planning options are available including bequests, trusts and gifts of appreciated securities, insurance policies, real estate and endowments.

Mark earned a bachelor of science in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg University in May 1977. He obtained a master of science in sport administration from St. Thomas University in Dec. 1985. He is currently pursuing his Charitable Gift Planning Professional (CGPP) certification.

Naming ECU Athletics as a beneficiary, assures the lasting strength and vitality of ECU Athletics. In managing the planned giving initiatives, Mark works along with our donors to establish the best giving option as you consider your gift and estate planning. Mark is here to serve Pirate Nation in discussing how to create your legacy in the future of ECU Athletics.

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