Updated: Fri 11:36 AM, May 17, 2013
The head of a university that remains under SBI investigation is stepping down.
Elizabeth City State University Chancellor Willie Gilchrist today says he is resigning and plans to formally retire June 30th.
Gilchrist’s resignation follows last week’s departure of university police chief Sam Beamon. The SBI says it’s looking into allegations of obstruction of justice and witness intimidation. ECSU says the investigation centers on how it handled a complaint of assault and sexual battery on campus.
Gilchrist, who has been at ECSU since 2007, said his decision is in the best interest of the university, the state system and his family. UNC President Tom Ross will soon name an interim chancellor, according to a news release.
Prior to ESCU, Gilchrist was superintendent for the Halifax County School system.