ECU names Golden LEAF’s Dan Gerlach as interim chancellor
East Carolina University said Dan Gerlach, president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, will be its interim chancellor starting May 6, according to a UNC System press release.
Gerlach has led the Rocky Mount-based group since 2008. He is a former senior adviser in Gov. Mike Easley’s administration.
ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton announced his resignation in March, effective May 5. He had led the Greenville-based university since 2016.
Golden LEAF manages money received from a 1999 legal settlement with the big U.S. tobacco companies, which sought to avoid further litigation related to the health impact of cigarettes. The foundation has assets of about $1.1 billion and typically provides annual grants to N.C. municipalities, universities and other organizations totaling $50 million to $100 million.
Gerlach is serving on the transition committee assisting Bill Roper, the interim chancellor of the UNC System, according to the Golden LEAF website. As a chancellor of a UNC System campus, Gerlach will report to Roper.
Gerlach has a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame University and a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University.