Trustee Controversy at East Carolina University

  • Members of the Board of Trustees at East Carolina University are under fire after public documents show they tried to influence a student election.
  • A complaint was received from the board’s chair, vice chair and secretary stating that trustees Phil Lewis and Robert Moore asked a student to run for Student Government Association president.
  • The association’s president serves as a voting member of the university’s board and they wished to use him to further their agenda.
  • During the meeting between with student Lewis and Moore promised “substantial support” to the student’s campaign if the financial contributions were kept confidential. The student recorded the conversation.
  • The University of North Carolina system’s Governance Committee recommended that Lewis and Moore be removed from the university’s board.
  • Lewis and Moore responded in a letter to the Governance Committee chair, saying the meeting with the student was under “the best intentions of furthering the higher interests of the University. In hindsight, and upon further reflection, we now appreciate that the discussions during the meeting may not have been the best approach to governance at ECU.”