UNC president says Thorp doesn't plan to change mind

Posted September 20, 2012

— University of North Carolina President Tom Ross said Thursday that Chancellor Holden Thorp hasn't indicated any change of heart regarding his resignation as the top official at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Thorp announced Monday that he would step down at the end of the 2012-13 school year and return to being a chemistry professor at the school. Since then, UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, employees and trustees have all adopted resolutions calling on him to reconsider.

Students plan to rally Friday in support of Thorp, who UNC-Chapel Hill officials have called a strong advocate for the campus and the best person to lead the school.

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp Support doesn't sway Thorp to drop resignation

Despite the outpouring of support, Ross said, Thorp remains committed to stepping aside in favor of new leadership at UNC-Chapel Hill.

"I have talked with Chancellor Thorp on multiple occasions since he informed me of his intention to step down next June 30. At no time has he expressed any willingness or intention to reconsider his decision," Ross said in a statement. "He has reiterated to me his desire to spend the remainder of the year dealing with the issues facing the university and putting them behind us.”

Thorp, 48, has been chancellor for four years, the last two of which have been marred by athletic, academic and administrative scandals. He said Monday that he wants to spend his final months on the job putting policies and procedures in place so that similar problems don't recur.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting next week, when it will discuss the search for a new chancellor.


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  • meeper Sep 21, 2012

    If the truth be known, I'll bet he was asked to resign because he told the board that he made a mistake by voting for Obama in '08.
    By refusing to march in lockstep(pun)politically with the rest of the UNC campus it was time for him to go.

  • Hill55 Sep 21, 2012

    Nice guy, bright guy, horrible CEO.

    Should have fired Davis a year earlier.

  • lb27608 Sep 21, 2012

    "Of course not, the reality is that they demanded his resignation." - westernwake1

    I very much doubt that this happened. The BOT would not be asking him to reconsider if the BOG had asked him to resign.

  • br549znc Sep 21, 2012

    Good. He doesn't need to change his mind.

  • NCSU84 Sep 21, 2012

    Ross should be a afraid that he might be next!

  • derekjames2001 Sep 21, 2012

    Trying to talk Holden out of retiring? Very interesting...In a related story, we are trying to put Borock Hussein Obama back in office.

  • superman Sep 20, 2012

    I remember a smart famous person who said North Carolina is beginning to look like Mississippi. I totally agree with her opnion.

  • Southern Girl Sep 20, 2012

    So, the decision is final. I think it is the right one. Can we move on now - everything has been said, over and over again.

    So glad Coach Williams is out of the hospital.

  • dws Sep 20, 2012

    Wolfspeaking here, but as far as Holden Thorp is concerned, let it go. I dare say he was handcuffed by a combination of Ram's Club, Board of Governors and Board of Trustee members.

    Focus on them.

  • thewayitis Sep 20, 2012