UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor to resign amid scandals

September 17, 2012 - 2:35 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The chancellor of North Carolina's flagship public university is stepping down next year in the wake of several 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, in June. The school said in a news release that Thorp thought resigning 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. UNC-Chapel Hill has faced 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.