ECU speaks out in Vidant board dispute

East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., responded to a feud between Vidant Health and the state over changes made to Vidant's medical board, according to NPR affiliate Public Radio East.

The letter, signed by interim chancellor Dan Gerlach and the university's Brody School of Medicine Dean Mark Stacy, MD, addressed a controversy over Vidant's move to remove nine board members appointed by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from its 20-member board. Mr. Gerlach and Dr. Stacy, whose institutions have ties to Vidant, said, "This is a fight that ECU did not know about, start, invite or need."

The leaders added the decisions were made "behind closed doors" and ECU and the Brody School of Medicine were not consulted about the change. The officials said the best path forward is likely court-directed mediation.

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