UNC Board Of Trustees Asks Chancellor Thorp To Reconsider Resignation

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- The board of trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is asking Chancellor Holden Thorp to change his mind about resigning and stay on the job.

After a closed-door meeting, the board passed a resolution saying that its members believe the school is better off today because of Thorp. It asked that he reconsider his decision to leave his post in June, saying it's in the best interest of the university that he stay.

Thorp announced his resignation after struggling the past two years with several scandals, including the most recent one dealing with fundraisers who traveled for personal reasons using donated money.

The board also approved the hiring of an interim vice chancellor for advancement, replacing one of those fundraisers.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- The board of trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is meeting in closed-door session to discuss a personnel issue, and among those participating is Holden Thorp, who's announced his resignation.

Thorp is participating in Wednesday's meeting via conference call. Thorp said Monday that he was resigning in June after struggling the past two years with several scandals, including the most recent one dealing with fundraisers who traveled for personal reasons using donated money.

Board chairman Wade Hargrove said he expects an announcement when the meeting ends. Hargrove says the board must take stock after an eventful week.

The board will hold its regular meeting next week, when it will discuss the search for a new chancellor. Also, students plan a rally Friday in support of Thorp.

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The chancellor who has run North Carolina's flagship public university is stepping down next year after multiple scandals that have erupted since he took office four years ago.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said Monday that Chancellor Holden Thorp intends to step down at the end of this academic year. The school said in a prepared statement that Thorp thought that action was best for the future of the university.

Thorp met privately Friday for almost an hour with the board overseeing the 17-campus state university system amid investigations into academic fraud, improper travel spending by fundraisers and special treatment for athletes. Several members of the Board of Governors said Friday they thought Thorp was doing a great job

Thorp will stay until June.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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