No action taken by UNC System and ECU boards after closed door meetings

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - No public action was taken today after the UNC Board of Governors and the ECU Board of Trustees met for hours today behind closed doors discussing the Dan Gerlach investigation.

The UNC board met in private for some 2-1/2 hours, followed by a nearly 2 hour closed meeting among ECU trustees. Both meetings took place in Chapel Hill.

UNC System spokesman Josh Ellis says their investigators “uncovered additional facts and issues" that would be discussed by the two boards today.

Gerlach resigned as interim ECU chancellor over the weekend following an investigation into pictures taken of him at a Greenville bar.

Videos captured by Greenville traffic/public safety cameras were also released showing Gerlach weaving down a downtown sidewalk, stumbling as he lost one of his flip flops while crossing a street and finally getting into a car and driving off.

Afterward, ECU Board of Trustees Chair Vern Davenport said they will develop a chancellor search committee at their next meeting in November.

Davenport said it is possible that a new interim chancellor could be named before then by UNC interim president Bill Roper.

A UNC System spokesman said the Gerlach investigation is still ongoing and is not complete.



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Videos that showed former East Carolina University Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach in downtown Greenville were released by a judge Friday, the day before Gerlach's resignation was announced.

Gerlach had been suspended since other videos surfaced last month that showed him drinking and dancing in bars frequented by students.

The latest videos were captured by Greenville traffic/public safety cameras. The law firm hired by the UNC System to investigate Gerlach said in court filings that it is him in the videos.

In them, it shows Gerlach weaving down a downtown sidewalk, stumbling as he lost one of his flip flops while crossing a street, and finally getting into a car and driving off. That was timestamped at 2:11 a.m.

The videos were leaked to WITN-TV and other media sources six hours after it was announced that Gerlach had resigned on Saturday.

The law firm investigating the interim chancellor, along with the Police Benevolent Association of North Carolina and the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police, got a judge Friday afternoon to order Greenville police to release the videos.

It's not yet clear why the two police organizations sought the videos.

UNC System spokesman Josh Ellis said they requested the downtown footage early during the investigation and were surprised to learn Friday that the city "had consented to produce without a hearing the requested videos" to the lawyer representing the police organizations.

Ellis said after the first consent order was filed, the city offered them the videos as well.

In response, Greenville said it treated both groups equally and said it told the UNC investigators back on October 14th how they could receive the videos.

The UNC spokesman said their investigators "uncovered additional facts and issues" in the Gerlach investigation that will be discussed with the UNC Board of Governors and ECU Board of Trustees in closed session on Tuesday.


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The UNC System has announced the resignation of ECU Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach following an investigation into pictures taken of the chancellor at a Greenville bar.

UNC System Interim President Bill Roper released the following statement regarding East Carolina University:

“East Carolina University Interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach has submitted his resignation, effective immediately, which I have accepted. I believe that this action is in the best interests of the entire East Carolina University community. I have begun the process of identifying the next interim chancellor for ECU and will share more information with the university community as soon as possible.”