Esch served as a director on the foundation’s board. He previously rose to the presidency of one of Integrated Payment Systems, a First Data company. He also was a financial officer for an information technology company and an accountant with Ernst & Young.
Esch graduated from UNC in 1981 with a degree in accounting.
He replaces Cynthia Evans, who retired in August from the foundation, which manages money raised by UNC. It handles the receipt, investing and stewardship of approximately $100 million in assets and related donor information.