The trustees of East Carolina University just closed on a new house for their chancellor — an 8,400-square-foot compound in Greenville.
It’s got 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, according to real estate listings, and backs up to the Greenville Country Club golf course. At $1.3 million, it seems like a good real estate deal — if perhaps a bit tone deaf for its neighbors in eastern North Carolina.
It’s not quite the biggest chancellor’s residence among North Carolina’s public universities, however. Here’s a look at the abodes of 13 other universities in the state. Lately, a lot of them have been upgrading.
Not all of them use taxpayer money. Many use private donations. There is also a case for them to be nice and spacious — they’re often used to host fundraisers and other gatherings.
UNC System policy generally requires campus chancellors to live in university-provided housing.
Photos are from the universities unless otherwise specified (or of poor quality, in which case they are Google Map images).
Known as Quail Hill, the home of the flagship campus’s leader is set just off campus. The 6,000-square-foot house been home to the chancellor since the 1990s, since the university endowment entered into a gift-purchase agreement with the estate of George Watts Hill. UNC made just under $1 million’s worth of renovations in 2008 before Holden Thorp and his family moved in.
N.C. State University
The 8,500-square-foot home known as The Point has been home to the Raleigh campus leader since the university paid $3.5 million for the place in 2011.
The Sara H. Bissell house was built in 2004 in preparation for Phil Dubois to take over the chancellorship of UNC Charlotte the following year. The 7,500-square-foot home is right on campus.
The university’s endowment bought the new digs in 2017 in the Starmount Forest neighborhood for $1.65 million.
Photos by Tom Chitty and Associates.
The Historic Kenan House is 7,500 square feet and was built in 1911 and gifted to the university in 1968. About $1.2 million was put into renovations in the early 2000s.
The 6,000-square-foot Pisgah House cost $2.9 million and was unveiled in 2010.
Appalachian State University
The Boone university’s chancellor lives inside the multipurpose Appalachian House, built in 2002. The $2.2 million building is 9,400 square feet, but the chancellor lives in the 3,000-square-foot second floor.
Elizabeth City State University
The chancellor’s residence was built in 1982. You can buy the naming rights to the 4,500-square-foot home for $150,000.
Winston-Salem State University
There’s little information available on the 3,300-square-foot home. It has 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.
N.C. Central University
The 6,800-square-foot Durham home was built in 1981 and bought by the university in 1993.
N.C. A&T University
The 5,600-square-foot home was built in 1987. The university bought it for $600,000 in 1999. The Greensboro university also has a former chancellor’s residence called “The Oaks” on campus.
Western Carolina University
The home was built in the 1950s and renovated in 2010. There was talk of building a new one, but I’m not sure that ever happened.
Visitors say it looks small on the outside, but is big inside. It was built in 1952 and renovated in 1999.