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Golden LEAF’s search for foundation’s next president underway

The following is a press release from the Golden LEAF Foundation

On June 10, 2019, the Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors announced the search for its next president after long-time president Dan Gerlach recently took the position of interim chancellor at East Carolina University.

Golden LEAF hired Raleigh firm Elinvar to facilitate the presidential search and oversee the recruitment and selection process. 

Elinvar is requesting applications be submitted by Monday, July 15th. Information on the application process and job description is on the Golden LEAF website

The Golden LEAF Board of Directors will select the next president. A decision is expected to be made in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Over its 20 years, the Golden LEAF Foundation – governed by a 15-member Board of Directors appointed by the state’s Legislative and Executive branches – has awarded 1,756 grants totaling more than $870 million.

About the Golden LEAF Foundation

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding received from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For 20 years, Golden LEAF has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.

The Foundation has provided lasting impact to tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and rural areas of the state by helping create 64,000 jobs, over half a billion dollars in new payrolls and more than 77,000 workers trained or retrained for higher wages.

To learn more about the Golden LEAF Foundation, visit


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