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UNC Chancellor Will Step Down PDF Print
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Monday, 17 September 2012 17:24

Holden Thorp, the chancellor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill since 2008, announced he will step down at the end of the 2012-13 school year. WRAL (Raleigh, N.C.) first reported the news Monday morning, with the university

issuing an official statement around noon ET. Thorp met privately with the University of North Carolina Board of Governors for "about 50 minutes" on Friday, though there was no indication after the meeting that a move had been made.
Thorp has navigated North Carolina through the two-pronged NCAA investigation and continues to deal with fallout from the ongoing investigation into the academic fraud in the department of African and African-American Studies. Most recently, an internal audit revealed improper use of travel expenses in the school's fundraising department.
Vice Chancellor for Advancement Matt Kupec and Tami Hansbrough -- mother of former UNC basketball star Tyler Hansbrough, a major gifts officer, both resigned from their positions last week after evidence was found that some of the fundraising trips they took together since 2010 might have been "personally driven."
Scandal at North Carolina already claimed the jobs of football coach Butch Davis and athletic director Dick Baddour. Thorp might have been able to survive the NCAA investigation alone, but the recent developments at UNC have revealed issues far beyond the limits of the athletic department.
In August, the NCAA informed North Carolina there was no evidence for possible violations. However, a third-party investigation by former North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin and an investigation by the state Board of Investigators into the academic fraud remain ongoing.




Photo Courtesy: Holden Thorpe, PHOTO SUBMITTED

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