Welcome to Greenville, NC

County Seat of Pitts County (Founded 1760)

About our County

Pitts county is located in the North Central Coastal Plain, and is bordered by 7 counties, Wilson, Edgecombe, Martin, Beaufort, Craven, Lenoir, and Greene. It was founded in 1760 from Beaufort County, though the legislative act that created it did not take effect until January 1st, 1761. It is named after William Pitt the Elder, former Secretary of State for the Southern Department, and former Leader of the House of Commons.

Greenville's Government

Greenville uses the Council Manager form of government, and has done so since 1953. Under the Council Manager form of government, a City Council of 9 is elected by the people, and it is the final authority on policy matters regarding the government. The City Council employs a City Manager who handles the daily management and operations of the city. The current City Manager of Greenville is D. Scott Elliott.

Places to visit and things to do in Greensville, NC

About our City

East Carolina University

Greenville was recognized only for being an important tobacco market for over a century, but beginning in the mid 1960s it began to evolve a new image as home of East Carolina University. East Carolina Teachers College, a small college, had become to third largest State-supported college, with enrollment approaching number of 8,000+ students, twice as many students enrolled as the 1960 enrollment numbers. In 1967, it became East Carolina University, and one year later the ECU Medical School admitted its first four year class. During the turn of the century, ECU enrollment had reached the 18,000 mark. Current enrollment is nearly 26,000 students.