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Former Easley adviser named interim chancellor at ECU

Posted April 17, 2019 5:02 a.m. EDT
Updated April 17, 2019 12:05 p.m. EDT

Dan Gerlach

— A former budget analyst at the North Carolina legislature and adviser to former Gov. Mike Easley is now the interim chancellor at East Carolina University.

University of North Carolina Interim President Dr. Bill Roper announced Tuesday that Dan Gerlach will serve as ECU's leader.

Gerlach replaces Cecil Sutton, who announced on March 18 that he would resign effective May 5.

"Dan Gerlach has been a tremendous advocate for higher education and eastern North Carolina for more than a decade," Roper said in a statement. "With his exemplary record of service and leadership, he is the ideal candidate to lead ECU going forward."

"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," Gerlach said in a statement.

Since 2008, he has served as president of Golden LEAF, a Rocky Mount-based nonprofit that uses funds from the national settlement with cigarette makers to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina's rural and tobacco-dependent communities.

He previously served as a legislative budget analyst, nonprofit policy director and senior adviser to Easley. He has served on over a dozen commissions on budget, tax, agriculture and economic development at the state and national level.

He earned a master's degree in public administration in state and local public finance from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and bachelor’s degrees in economics and English from the University of Notre Dame. He previously served as an adjunct instructor of public administration at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University.