Holden Thorp

Holden Thorp to become provost at Washington University in St. Louis

Search committee for new chancellor announced. My name suspiciously absent.

Let's keep Chancellor Thorp, it's The Carolina Way

Chancellor Holden Thorp, University Day, 2010I was a bit of a doubter when Holden Thorp was first appointed to be the UNC Chancellor, but he has turned out to be the best thing to happen to South Building in decades. I’ve been surprised to see some of my friends blaming Thorp for UNC’s athletics scandal and acting as if staff abuse of med air flights was a capital crime.

Thorp clearly seems guilty of trusting Matt Kupec too much, and allowing him to waste taxpayer dollars. But Thorp is also a tremendously thoughtful and effective leader of this hugely complex academic institution. One stupid screw-up wasting money does not outweigh the great job he has done for many thousands of students, for Orange County, and for the state of North Carolina. In fact, I think he’s due a lot of credit for the badly-needed daylight that’s been shed on UNC athletics.

The Chancellor’s position has become untenable now because of athletic boosters and anti-intellectuals like Art Pope pounding the drums of “scandal.” These people are not concerned with the quality of education available to North Carolinians. Of course the Kupec/Hansbrough thing was a big mistake, but it doesn’t make Thorp unfit to do all the many things required of a good university chancellor. Let’s don’t blame Thorp for having to clean up the mess left by decades of athletic corruption and mismanagement.

Peaceful Assembly in Support of Chancellor Thorp

From the Chair of the UNC Employee Forum

Dear Staff Member:
The Employee Forum, in conjunction with the Faculty Council and Student Government, encourages you to attend a peaceful assembly in support of Chancellor Holden Thorp on Friday, September 21st  from 11:30-12:30 pm in front of South Building.   We would like to get as huge a crowd as possible during this hour, so please take your lunch period and join us.
The Forum’s Executive Committee has drafted a statement in support of our Chancellor (attached).  The faculty and students are doing the same.  Petitions are being drafted that you will be able to sign on Friday, with room for you to also leave a message to the Chancellor and our University system leaders.  The petitions will be available from 10 until 5 and will be located in the Pit, in front of Wilson Library, and in front of South Building.
This meeting does not count as work time, so please use your lunch time or personal leave to attend. 
For more details, contact the Forum Office at forum_office@unc.edu
Jackie Overton, Chair
Employee Forum



Friday, September 21, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


UNC South Building (outside the front entrance)

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp to resign at the end of the 2012-13 School Year



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