Jon Gilbert named new ECU athletic director

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Jon Gilbert has been named East Carolina's new athletic director.

Gilbert has been the athletics director at Southern Mississippi since 2017.

He was an executive senior associate athletic director at Tennessee from 2011 until 2017.

The East Carolina University Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting at 9:30 a.m. in making the unanimous vote.

Gilbert has agreed to a five-year contract with ECU and will begin his duties immediately.

"Today marks an enormously significant new beginning for ECU athletics and a proud day for all Pirates," Chancellor Cecil Staton said. “During the search process, Jon stood out as a great fit for the proud traditions we have at ECU and for the vision we have for this program. I was especially impressed with Jon’s commitment to the academic and athletic goals for our student-athletes.”

The university will pay Gilbert's $175,000 buyout with Southern Mississippi. The new AD will make a base salary of $500,000 annually, in addition to being eligible for various performance bonuses.