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Interim Chancellor Quits Amid Scandal Over Photos

October 28, 2019

Dan Gerlach, the interim chancellor of East Carolina University, resigned Saturday, citing a scandal over photos of him in bars near campus, The Daily Reflector reported. The photos show him drinking and in physical contact with women. Gerlach was suspended in September after the photos were anonymously sent to local journalists.

In his resignation letter, Gerlach said he had not upheld the UNC creed that “members of our academic society exemplify high standards of professional and personal conduct at all times … I believe that this shortcoming was significant enough that my resignation is in the best interest of the University,” Gerlach said.

A petition called for Gerlach to stay. "Throughout Gerlach's short time at ECU he has become a beloved and respected member of the East Carolina community. He has proven to be a leader who is approachable for students. He is commonly seen taking pictures with students on campus, cheering with students at football games, and holding pleasant conversations with students around town," the petition said.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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