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Car, house benefits come with interim chancellor's appointment

Dan Gerlach

Dan Gerlach


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Sunday, April 21, 2019

ECU’s newly appointed interim chancellor will receive vehicle and housing benefits on top of his $350,000 salary, according to the letter outlining the terms of his employment.

The University of North Carolina System on Thursday released the two-page letter of appointment naming Dan Gerlach East Carolina University’s interim chancellor.

Gerlach, whose term begins on May 6, was appointed after Chancellor Cecil Staton announced he was stepping down May 3.

The letter from UNC System Interim President Bill Roper said that in addition to his salary, Gerlach will receive either the use of a car or a car allowance “as well as either use of the chancellor’s residence or a housing allowance at the discretion of the president.”

The letter stated that Gerlach’s appointment will end either when a permanent chancellor is named and begins work or “earlier and for any reason at the sole discretion of the president.”

The letter also states that once Gerlach’s service as interim chancellor ends, the UNC System president may offer him a position at the UNC System Office as a special advisory to the president, “or as special assignment to a UNC System constituent institution.”

If Gerlach’s accepts the offer, his interim base salary “and customary state and university benefits” will be continued but use of a car, university provided housing or allowances for either, will end.

“It is the president’s intention to provide you the opportunity to be employed by the university on a full-time basis for at least 24 months, inclusive of the time you will serve as interim chancellor,” the letter states.

Gerlach has served 10 years as president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, an organization tasked with using money the state received from the Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund to promote economic growth in rural and tobacco-dependent North Carolina. He previously worked as a senior adviser to former Gov. Mike Easley.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.