Dan Gerlach was the interim Chancellor of East Carolina University until he resigned on Saturday.
In September, he was photographed drinking and dancing with students at Club 519 and Sup Dogs, for which he was put on administrative leave.
Less than five months into the job, Gerlach was working to build a persona among campus as a relatable leader. He resigned on Saturday after security footage from the previous night was leaked to multiple news outlets, showing him losing a flip flop for a moment while walking to his car, which he then drove away in.
The Board of Governors and ECU’s Board of Trustees met in back-to-back closed session meetings Tuesday morning in Chapel Hill, lasting about five hours total, where they received an update on the situation at ECU.
After pictures of Gerlach at the Greenville, North Carolina bars made it to social media, the UNC System hired an outside firm to investigate further. Media reports say an attorney for the firm reached out to the city of Greenville on Oct. 14 to ask about potential videos of Gerlach from the night, but neither the firm nor Gerlach’s attorneys pressed further about acquiring the videos at the time.
But someone else did. Peter Romary is the general counsel and partner of a risk management, investigations and screening firm founded by multiple former CIA agents, and he filed a petition in the Pitt County Superior Court to obtain the security footage last Friday, the day before Gerlach resigned.
The footage showed Gerlach driving out of the parking lot taking up space in two different lanes, even though he previously said he broke no laws that night, but rather just ended up in a bad position.
"This is not what we were led to believe had taken place on that night," said T. Greg Doucette, an attorney in the Triangle who was a student member of the Board of Governors while in college.