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Second ECU trustee resigns, says Speaker Tim Moore wants to lead Greenville university

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Greenville businessman Robert Moore resigned from the East Carolina University Board of Trustees, eight months after he was appointed to the post by recommendation of  House Speaker Tim Moore. Robert Moore disclosed his decision in a letter today sent to the speaker.

Robert Moore joined fellow trustee Phil Lewis in a January lunch with Shelby Hudson, a former ECU student, to discuss supporting her potential bid to become student body president. In that post Hudson would have become a voting trustee. Lewis and Robert Moore wanted Hudson to support their efforts to gain a seven-member majority on the university board.

Hudson, who subsequently dropped out of ECU, secretly taped the meeting in which Lewis discussed pending board actions. Hudson gave the tape to ECU officials, who forwarded it to UNC System leaders in Chapel Hill. Last week, during a meeting of the UNC System Board of Governors examining the matter, Lewis resigned his post. The board also censured Robbie Moore.

Moore followed up today with his resignation, noting that it had been a “distinct pleasure” to serve his alma mater.

He concluded his letter to the speaker by noting, “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.”

Moore spokesman Joseph Kyzer said via e-mail, “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.”

ECU’s board has formed a search committee to find a successor to interim chancellor Ron Mitchelson, who was appointed after the resignation of Dan Gerlach in October. Gerlach, former president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, stepped down as interim chancellor after videos surfaced showing him having late-night drinks with students at downtown Greenville bars.

Last fall, Tim Moore was mentioned as a potential candidate for the UNC System presidency. The system’s governing board is seeking a successor to President Bill Roper, who is retiring this summer.

Robert and Tim Moore are not related.

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