Stacy Stanford – Alumni Profile

Stacy Stanford is a two-time alumna of ECU and a Greenville native. Stacy received her B.S. in Family and Community Services in 2006, and then earned her Master of Social Work in 2008. Stacy is currently a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Educational Leadership program with an expected graduation date of May 2021.

Upon completion of graduate school, Stacy moved to Del Rio, Texas, where she filled the role of dialysis social worker for Val Verde Renal Care. In this role, Stacy completed monthly psychosocial assessments and treatment care plans that identified and addressed any potential patient issues or barriers to treatment. Stacy also facilitated dialogue between transplant offices, patients and their families and coordinated with community resources to provide transportation and financial assistance to patients. Additionally, Stacy conducted visits to patients’ homes and nursing home facilities to ensure an environment that encouraged adherence to treatment and to address any psychosocial concerns. She also provided end-stage renal disease education and counseling to patients and their families as needed. In 2010, Stacy moved to Wichita, Kansas, where she continued to work as a dialysis social worker for Fresenius Medical Care.

In 2014, Stacy moved home to Greenville where she is now employed by ECU and fulfills the role of Dean of Students case manager. In this role, Stacy provides case management to students in crisis, supports pregnant and parenting students, and advocates for military students facing deployments and trainings that may impact their academic success. Since her arrival at ECU, Stacy has cultivated professional partnerships with 13 different offices and organizations across campus. Stacy also chaired the Extenuating Circumstances Withdrawal Committee, comprised of six members from five diverse offices within the Student Affairs division, from 2014-2019 and was a member of the ECU CARES Team and became co-chair of the committee in Fall 2019. Additionally, Stacy has facilitated outreach to faculty members and academic advisors about services the Dean of Students Office provides to the university. She has also coordinated with both faculty and Pirate Access to provide academic and transportation assistance to students experiencing temporary disabilities. In addition to serving as an advocate, Stacy finds great joy working directly with students to help them achieve their goals.

Stacy is a member of numerous professional affiliations and committees. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Higher Education Case Managers Association, Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, and Phi Kappa Phi. Stacy is now actively involved in the Committee on Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Students and Employees, Academic Military Affairs Committee, the Lactation Committee, the Green Dot Actions Event Committee, and she serves as co-chair ECU CARES Team. In May of 2016, Stacy received the Student Affairs Divisional Values Award for Respect from ECU.

Some advice Stacy has for students is to “Be proactive versus reactive. Know your resources, and don’t be afraid to use them! It’s always easier to ask for help early on before things get complicated, but be reassured that the faculty and staff at ECU are here to help and want you to succeed!”