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One ECU Trustee Resigns, The Other Receives Censure After Student Bribery Scandal

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ECU trustee Phil Lewis resigned this morning during a special session of the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors.

 

Board members also voted to censure fellow ECU trustee Robert Moore, which prevents him from voting until September. These two ECU trustees allegedly tried to bribe a student to run for student body president to give themselves a majority on a divided trustee board. The student recorded the conversation which includes tape of Lewis and Moore promising a professional campaign manager and campaign funds if the student decided to run. Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC education reporter Liz Schlemmer, who attended the special session.
 

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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