The president of the Golden Leaf Foundation has been named the interim chancellor at East Carolina University. UNC Interim President Bill Roper named Dan Gerlach as interim head of the university on Tuesday.
Since 2008, Gerlach has been president of the Golden Leaf Foundation, a not-for-profit which promotes economic development in the state through distribution of the tobacco settlement money. Before that he was a senior budget advisor for then-Gov. Mike Easley.
“It is an honor and privilege to be asked to serve in this role at East Carolina University,” Gerlach says. “ECU provides more opportunity for rural North Carolinians than any other institution, and I look forward to working with the entire ECU community to meet the needs of our students, their families, and the communities that look to this great university for inspiration and leadership. It’s a great day to join Pirate Nation.”
Cecil Staton is stepping down as chancellor after graduation on May 3rd, a job he has held since 2016.