"Moeser needs to be fired," said Rep. Russell Capps, R-Wake. He added that he has gotten an earful from constituents angered by the almost $320,000 severance agreement reached between Moeser and the University's outgoing Vice Chancellor and General Counsel Susan Ehringhaus.
"People have been expressing outrage about this," Capps said.
Senate Minority Leader Patrick Ballantine, R-New Hanover, said he also has been inundated with complaints about Moeser -- both from constituents and fellow legislators.
"I hear from a lot of people that say the chancellor has to go," he said. "Joe Public and Susie Taxpayer are very concerned. I hear all the time about the arrogance and outlandish extravagances of the universities."
But Ballantine said he thinks calling for Moeser's removal is extreme. "I'm not to the level where I think we need to remove the chancellor."
He did, however, caution that change in the University's management policies must be made because public perception is souring.
"It just seems like one embarrassing matter after another," Ballantine said. "I personally love our universities and know what jewels they are in North Carolina, but I recognize that there has been a pattern of indiscretion that appears like lavishness."
UNC-system President Molly Broad said that though Moeser's actions arguably were extravagant, he has apologized and is more than capable of continuing to lead the state's flagship university. "I have confidence that Chancellor Moeser can provide adequate guidance for the University," she said.
A committee of the UNC-system Board of Governors also has asked that Broad draft a policy addressing severance agreements for administrators to ensure that Moeser or other chancellors do not overstep their bounds again.