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Chancellor Thorp announces plans to step down from UNC-CH

Saying that it’s in the best interest of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,  Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Monday he intends to step down from his leadership position at the end of this academic year.

In a statement release by the school the chancellor said:

“I will always do what is best for this University. This wasn’t an easy decision personally. But when I thought about the University and how important it’s been to me, to North Carolinians and to hundreds of thousands of alumni, my answer became clear.

“Over the last two years, we have identified a number of areas that need improvement,” Thorp said. “We have a good start on reforms that are important for the future of this University. I have pledged that we will be a better university, and I am 100 percent confident in that. We still have work to do, and I intend to be fully engaged in that until the day I walk out of this office.”

According to the University, Chancellor Thorp notified UNC System President Tom Ross over the weekend of his intent to resign.

The system’s flagship school has been under heavy scrutiny following an NCAA investigation of the Tar Heel football program, an internal investigation of possible academic fraud, and most recently questionable travel expenses by the school’s top fundraiser.

UNC President Tom Ross said he accepted the resignation with ‘considerable sadness’:

“It will also allow for an orderly transition in leadership, an important consideration given that the campus is without a chief development officer and the provost has announced his intention to retire, as well,” Ross said. “I will, of course, be working closely with UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees Chair Wade Hargrove to quickly launch a search for a successor.”

After stepping down, Thorp will return to the faculty in UNC-Chapel Hill’s chemistry department, where he was a longtime professor, researcher and the former chair.

4 Comments


  1. Alex

    September 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    He should have been gone for the way he handled the Butch Davis incident ! He has not been on top of anything over there !

  2. Frank Burns

    September 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I believe a prosecution is appropriate. How low can you go with academic fraud? It’s time to change the flagship of the UNC system from Chapel Hill to UNC Charlotte.

  3. Adam Searing

    September 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    “Alex”, “Doug”, “Juan Gonza”, “frances”, “David Wordslay”, and “Andrew” are all made-up names from the same person. It isn’t worth responding to his comments. So, when you see “Alex” get agreement from “Doug” it shouldn’t be surprising. And when you see “Juan Gonza” parrot the line that “Doug” took it should be expected. I guess it’s flattering that the NC right-wing machine feels funding someone to spend enormous amounts of time on our blog is worthwhile, but ignoring the anonymous posts he wouldn’t dare confess to writing under his own name should be easy.

  4. Alex

    September 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I get tickled at Adam who obviously has a lot of time on his hands. Besides his daily ritual worship for Obama,and a few op-ed pieces about the ACA legislation, Adam has nothing to do but chase after retired conservatives. I really admire a guy on the nonprofit/government dole who’s been able to somehow convince people that he’s an expert on something even though he’s never held a real job. What a nice gig he and Ezra Klein have come up with, and it sure beats working. Congratulations Adam !

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