We really need to be more aggressive in our recruiting efforts.
Especially west of Raleigh. We need to be hitting the high growth areas of the state to attract more people to the East. ECU is barely a mention living here in Charlotte. I'm not kidding, most of my friends and neighbors have no idea where ECU is located. The only Greenville they have heard of (or been to) is the one located in South Carolina. UNCW and App are very well known in this area, and they recruit heavily here.
When my daughter toured UNCW, she was not impressed with their campus. She thought it was small and had a community college vibe. She also did not like App State which is also a popular choice here in Charlotte. After the tour, she said the mountains were depressing and too many granola and hippie people. She much preferred ECU's campus over UNCW's and App's. Our problem, is getting folks to Greenville. We got to promote and show off what we have.