Local News

UNC Chancellor Temporarily Stepping Down Due to Cancer

Posted Updated
Switch to classic wral.com

CHAPEL HILL — UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Michael Hooker is temporarily leaving his job to battle cancer, and William McCoy has been appointed acting chancellor.

Former UNC system President William Friday and former chancellor Paul Hardin will serve as advisors to McCoy as he assumes his temporary duties.

Hooker, who is listed in fair condition at UNC Hospitals, was diagnosed withnon-Hodgkin's lymphomathree months ago.

Hooker is expected to be hospitalized for a week. His doctors have told him to take two months medical leave.

He is expected to continue some of his duties while undergoing treatment.

Hooker, 53, returned to UNC Hospitals last week, complaining of pain apparently associated with his cancer.

Even though Hooker told the campus community he had cancer in January, the news has left students stunned.

"I think it is terribly sad. I didn't realize how sick he was. Earlier in the year they said he was ill, but it kind of makes you scared," says UNC student Lisa Kopkind.

Hooker is very popular among students and faculty. His mission is to take the Chapel Hill campus to other parts of the stateusing technology.

UNC SystemPresident Dr. Molly Broad met early Monday with campus leaders, filling them on on what to expect during Hooker's absence.

McCoy is a former vice president of finance at the University. Hooker has been chancellor since 1995. /