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Off-campus mansion occupied once again by new ECU chancellor

This house is occupied once again as ECU now has a permanent chancellor.
This house is occupied once again as ECU now has a permanent chancellor.(WITN)
Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 1:28 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The off-campus mansion that was bought three years for East Carolina University’s chancellor has people living in it once again.

Dr. Philip Rogers began his new job as chancellor on Monday.

The university confirmed that Rogers and his family have moved into the 8,500 square foot home in the Star Hill Farm neighborhood.

The six-bedroom home, complete with a pool, pool house, and three gardens, was bought in March 2018 by a subsidiary of the ECU Foundation for $1.3 million. The purchase was made by using foundation money, according to ECU, with no state funds, tuition money, or student fees used for the transaction.

It has been vacant since former Chancellor Cecil Staton left under fire nearly two years ago. Neither of the two interim chancellors lived at the home, which is four miles from the main campus.

ECU had been trying for years to get the chancellor a new home, saying the 100-year-old house on campus with 5,000 square feet was too small to hold social gatherings and needed major repairs.

The university said renovations continue on the Dail House which includes bringing it up to state building codes.

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