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Censured ECU trustee resigns from board

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Published: Feb. 5, 2020 at 12:28 PM EST
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An ECU trustee who was censured earlier this month by the UNC Board of Governors has resigned.

Robbie Moore, who was appointed the board by the General Assembly, submitted his resignation to House Speaker Tim Moore.

"When I agreed to accept your appointment to East Carolina Board of Trustees it was with the understanding that I had a dedication to my family and businesses that would dictate the time that I could spend as a Trustee. The events over the last month have given me the opportunity to reflect on that and I have decided I will be resigning from my position as a trustee, effective immediately. This does not in any way change my passion and desire for all things ECU. I am forever a loyal and dedicated PIRATE," Moore stated in his resignation.

Moore and former ECU trustee Phil Lewis were accused of trying get a student to run for Student Government Association president. That position gets a vote on the ECU Board of Trustees. According to a transcript of the recording of a meeting between Lewis, Moore, and the student, the two trustees were hoping to gain a seven-member majority on the ECU board.

Moore's resignation to the speaker included this line, "I would also like to wish you the very best of luck in your continued pursuit of the position of Chancellor at East Carolina University."

"Speaker Moore is seeking reelection to the state House in 2020, plans to run for another term as Speaker, and is focused on serving higher education students and campuses through his position in the General Assembly," said the speaker's communication director Joseph Kyzer about the line.

On February 7th, Lewis resigned from his trustee position at a UNC Board of Governor's meeting held to discuss the allegations. Moore was censured by the UNC Board of Governor's at that same meeting.

He's been a member for the past 8 months.

Robbie Moore's full resignation letter:

February 17, 2020

Honorable Tim Moore

NC House of Representatives

16 W. Jones Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

Dear Speaker Moore:

Over the last 8 months I have had the distinct pleasure to serve as a member of the East Carolina University Board of

Trustees. It has been an honor to serve my university at a time when there is so much work to be done. I have had

the opportunity to meet so many dedicated students, faculty and staff that truly make ECU a special place. I thank

you for giving me the opportunity to serve in such a capacity.

East Carolina is uniquely positioned in that the future of Rural Eastern North Carolina is dependent on a healthy

ECU. As you know rural health care is under attack across much of Eastern NC and East Carolina along with Brody

School of Medicine will be needed to forge that gap as the rural/urban divide grows with each passing day. As a first

generation college graduate I understand what it means to earn a degree from a prestigious institution of higher

learning and having the confidence to enter the working world. I hope that East Carolina will continue to offer

students from rural areas that same opportunity. We must also understand that the cost of education is rising and

becoming out of reach for many lower and middle class families. East Carolina has many challenges ahead in

enrollment, finances, and employee retention but none that cannot be overcome with dedicated, committed

leadership.

When I agreed to accept your appointment to East Carolina Board of Trustees it was with the understanding that I

had a dedication to my family and businesses that would dictate the time that I could spend as a Trustee. The events

over the last month have given me the opportunity to reflect on that and I have decided I will be resigning from my

position as a trustee, effective immediately. This does not in any way change my passion and desire for all things

ECU. I am forever a loyal and dedicated PIRATE.

In closing I want to again thank you for the opportunity to serve the institution that I have come to adore and love.

I would also like to wish you the very best of luck in your continued pursuit of the position of Chancellor at East

Carolina University.

Robert Moore

ECU Board of Trustees


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An embattled East Carolina University trustee late this morning offered his resignation to the UNC Board of Governors.

It came as the board is meeting in Chapel Hill to discuss the apparent attempt by Phil Lewis and another trustee to influence the upcoming student government election at ECU.

The board accepted Lewis' resignation, effective immediately.

"When I first listened to the audio of Mr. Lewis with the student I felt like I needed a shower afterwards," board member Marty Kotis told WITN. "It's so sleazy, and hearing them today in the room it didn't change my mind, it reinforced it. The guy's a sleaze bag from what I can tell."

The special meeting to discuss the allegations against Lewis and Robbie Moore wrapped up around 11:30. The board also voted to censure Moore.

The two are accused of offering financial support to Shelby Hudson to run as SGA president. Hudson, who is no longer an ECU student, lost in last year's election for president.

The president of the SGA is a voting member of the Board of Trustees. According to a transcript of the recording of a meeting between Lewis, Moore, and Hudson, the two trustees were hoping to gain a seven-member majority on the ECU board.


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A UNC committee is recommending no action be taken against two ECU trustees who appeared to have meddled in a student government election.

The UNC Board of Governors Committee of University Governance met this afternoon in Chapel Hill to decide what action should be taken against Phil Lewis and Robbie Moore.

The two are accused of trying to meddle in the upcoming ECU student body election. The president of the SGA is a voting member of the Board of Trustees.

The committee met for two hours and decided not to recommend any action against Lewis and Moore.

The two told the committee they were only gaging her interest with no malicious intent. Lewis and Moore said the meeting with students in this way seemed like a common practice.

The full UNC Board of Governors still has the final say and has scheduled a Friday morning meeting on the matter.

Some are calling for the Board of Governors to remove the two trustees.


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The officers of the East Carolina University Faculty Senate are joining others in calling for the removal of two university trustees.

The UNC Board of Governors Committee of University Governance is meeting this afternoon to decide what action should be taken against Phil Lewis and Robbie Moore.

The two are accused of trying to meddle in the upcoming ECU student body election. The president of the SGA is a voting member of the Board of Trustees.

A complaint says that Lewis and Moore wanted the unnamed student, if elected, to help them form a seven-member majority on the board.

According to a transcript of a recorded conversation between the student and the two trustees, they offered financial support for the student's campaign as long as it was kept confidential from the public.

In a memo to faculty, all four officers of the Faculty Senate say they are "deeply disturbed" by Lewis and Moore's actions. They say the two trustees trying to influence an election and trade favors not only is in violation of UNC policy "but also of the minimal expected standards for ethical and responsible leadership."

The UNC Committee on University Governance meets at 1:00 p.m. in Chapel Hill, while a full UNC Board of Governor's meeting is set for Friday morning.

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