ECSU Chancellor Resigns Amid SBI Probe


The head of a university that remains under SBI investigation is stepping down.

Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Willie Gilchrist today says he is resigning and plans to formally retire June 30th.

Gilchrist's resignation follows last week's departure of university police chief Sam Beamon. The SBI says it's looking into allegations of obstruction of justice and witness intimidation. ECSU says the investigation centers on how it handled a complaint of assault and sexual battery on campus.

Gilchrist, who has been at ECSU since 2007, said his decision is in the best interest of the university, the state system and his family. UNC President Tom Ross will soon name an interim chancellor, according to a news release.

Prior to ESCU, Gilchrist was superintendent for the Halifax County School system.


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Elizabeth City State University's police chief, who was put on administrative leave late last month pending the outcome of a state investigation, has resigned.

The university says Sam Beamon tendered his resignation effective immediately.

The SBI says it's looking into allegations of obstruction of justice and witness intimidation. ECSU says the investigation centers on how it handled a complaint of assault and sexual battery on campus.

Retired Rocky Mount Police Chief John Manley is in charge of the ECSU Police Department on an interim basis.

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A retired Rocky Mount police chief will take over at Elizabeth City State University as the SBI investigates complaints about the police department.

John Manley will lead the department as interim chief effective Friday. Last week the university put Chief Sam Beamon on administrative leave pending the outcome of the state investigation.

The SBI says it's looking into allegations of obstruction of justice and witness intimidation. ECSU says the investigation centers on how it handled a complaint of assault and sexual battery on campus.

Manley served with Rocky Mount for 32 years, including the last seven years as chief. He also was interim chief at the Elizabeth City Police Department for six months last year.


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The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of obstruction of justice and witness intimidation at Elizabeth City State University. This as the university's police chief was placed on administrative leave.

The SBI says it was asked to look into the allegations at the request of the district attorney. ECSU says the investigation centers on how it handled a complaint of assault and sexual battery on campus.

Earlier this month, a residence hall security officer who was also an assistant women's basketball coach was charged with entering a female student's room twice this year in attempts to have sexual contact with her. Anthony Butler is charged with breaking an entering and two counts of sexual battery.

The university hasn't said whether the Butler case is connected to the SBI probe.

Meanwhile, Chief Sam Beamon on Thursday was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the SBI investigation. The university says Major Kelly White, from NC A&T's police department, is serving as acting police chief.

ECSU says it welcomes the SBI's assistance and hopes for a prompt resolution.


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