Chancellor Thorp's Installation and State Tour Blog

On October 12, Holden Thorp will be installed as the University's 10th chancellor - this will be an historic and festive event and I hope the OP community will attend.  Also wanted to be sure you knew about Chancellor Thorp's blog of his statewide tour which you can see at  Here's the email I just sent with all the details:

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

On University Day, Sunday, October 12, Chancellor Holden Thorp will be installed as Carolina's 10th Chancellor.  This is a community celebration and I hope that you will come to campus for this special event. 


The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Polk Place (the quad between South Building and Wilson Library) with a reception afterwards. Free parking with shuttle service will be available from the Dean Smith Center beginning at 2 p.m.  <!--break-->


If you’d like to come early, the UNC Symphony band, the UNC Wind Ensemble and the Carolina Choir will begin at 2:40 p.m. After the concert, faculty, students, staff, alumni visiting dignitaries and leaders will process. 


If rain is forecast, an announcement will be made in advance about moving to the Dean Smith Center.  You can find more details at


Leading up to his installation, Chancellor Thorp has been on the road in North Carolina visiting public schools and many of the UNC system chancellors.  The tour began on September 29 at Chapel Hill High School and will conclude on Monday, October 6, in Fayetteville with a stop at his alma mater, Terry Sanford High School.  Chancellor Thorp is blogging about his state tour and you can read his entries and comment at [URL corrected by OP.]


If you are a contact person for your neighborhood or community group, please share this email with your members or others who may be interested.


I hope you will join us for the installation and the University’s 215th birthday – and yes, there will be cake!








I think it's great that the Chancellor is blogging - especially because he has the strength and character to post self effacing things like this picture of him as a Rubik's Cube champion in high school: That human touch is what blogging is all about.

I hope though, that he will continue the blog after his formal installation. I am especially interested in hearing his reflections on the task of leading the University administration and working with the community as we evolve together.


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