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UNC vice chancellor resigns amid probe into travel expenses

Posted September 10, 2012
Updated September 11, 2012

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— A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill vice chancellor resigned Monday amid an internal investigation into his travel expenses.

Matt Kupec was employed by UNC for over 20 years, and served as vice chancellor for advancement for 16 years, according to the university.

The university's internal auditor is looking into all of Kupec's travel-related expenses, but has not yet determined if any violations occurred. 

Details of the allegations against Kupec were not released.

"This is a difficult day," said UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp. "Matt has made significant contributions over the years, raising billions of dollars for the university. However, these are serious issues that require a thorough investigation."

Kupec released a statement late Monday about his resignation, but did not mention the allegations against him.

"I will miss you all, but in my heart, I will always be a part of the Carolina family," he said.

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  • storchheim Sep 11, 7:06 p.m.

    And yet some students think their loans should be forgiven. Well now let's think.

    Some people object to their tax dollars being used for abortion. I object to my tax dollars being used to fund UNC-CH.

  • bombayrunner Sep 11, 6:20 p.m.

    Sounds like the guy had a good time on our dime.

  • Ken D. Sep 11, 6:18 p.m.

    "I would assume all expense reports for the UNC Vice Chancellor are required to be signed off by,...Holden Thorp"

    I would be very surprised if the Chancellor of UNC (or any major university) personally reviews expense reports.

  • WolfpackInDaHouseV.13 Sep 11, 6:10 p.m.

    MORE embarrassment for a school that can ill afford further EMBARRASSMENT.

    how embarrassing.

  • BadDayforButch Sep 11, 6:04 p.m.

    Wonder how much the severance package is going to cost ?

  • bombayrunner Sep 11, 6:03 p.m.

    They are behind the decision? Or, they were kicked in the behind?

  • early exit Roy Sep 11, 5:06 p.m.

    All attorneys go to Franklin St. and start passing out your business card. I think most people over there need an attorney.

  • early exit Roy Sep 11, 5:01 p.m.

    It was either resign or the investigation was going to get deeper, which it probably is anyway. Remember the SBI has been over there. They might have been the ones to uncover this. If so he was misappropriating tax payersw dollars. Might save him some jail time. He didn't want to resign. Make 360K a year and can 't pay $500 for plane tickets. How dumb. It looks the devaluation of the unc diploma started years ago.

  • early exit Roy Sep 11, 4:55 p.m.

    I am willing to bet you that Thorp will be gone soon, followed by Huck Finn and then Bubba. Don't laugh. It's coming.
    I think this investigation wasn't an internal investigation like Thorp and unc would like for you to believe. I think questioning came from outside the university about this matter and Thorp was forced to get involved in it. Another one of the problems where unc reacts instead of being proactive. They just sit over there and wait for the next shoe to drop, then they want you to believe they initiated the investigation. They don't initiate anything that is bad news for them. UNC administrators are sitting on info they don't want out. They are hoping it doesn't. Come clean and make the university system in NC as prominent as it once was.

  • mayhem Sep 11, 4:09 p.m.

    Thorp must go.

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