Today, the UNC Board of Governors held a special meeting in regards to East Carolina University Board of Trustees members Robert Moore and Phil Lewis’s and their offer of financial support for student government elections to former ECU student Shelby Moore.
At the meeting Trustee Phil Lewis offered to resign from the BOT, and the board accepted, according to Talk of the Town’s twitter account, a radio station in eastern North Carolina. A motion to censure Robert Moore was also passed.
The student who met and recorded the conversation with Lewis and Moore about their offer of financial support for her SGA election, Shelby Hudson, was present, according to investigative reporter Joe Killian on Twitter.
Hudson read a prepared statement by her attorney, Hoyt Tessenner. Hudson’s full statement will be put on the record, but according to Killian, she was not given enough time to read the full statement.
ECU SGA President Colin Johnson also spoke at the special meeting, and called for the resignation of both Lewis and Moore.
Multiple members of the BOT spoke including Jim Segrave, who spoke in support of Lewis and Moore, claiming what they did was not done with malice. BOT member Vince Smith said he stands with students in who wish for Lewis and Moore’s resignation, according to Killian.
Killian then quoted Chair Randy Ramsey and stated he said the BOT needs to work on proper function to fulfill its duties.
“If I could remove the entire board today, I probably would. This has got to end. This board is dysfunctional,” Ramsey said.
UNC BOG member Marty Kotis asserted that Lewis and Moore encouraged unethical behavior from a student and tried to teach them that ethics don’t matter as long as you will, according to Killian.
Killian then wrote on Twitter that UNC BOG member and student representative Adam Schmidt said Lewis and Moore cannot be trusted by the students at ECU.
“A trustee needs to be trusted to do their job. These two have shown us they cannot be trusted. As students, we look to BOG members as a moral compass. Think about what you’re showing us. We’re watching,” Schmidt said.
After speaking to defend his actions, Phil Lewis offered his resignation from the ECU BOT. Robert Moore has been censured from the board.