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NC State Chancellor Steps Down After 41 Years

Posted September 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina State University Chancellor Larry Monteith announced Tuesday that he would retire from the post he has occupied for eight years. He has been with the school for 41 years.

Larry Monteith inherited a University with, amid other problems, a soiled academic reputation among its student athletes. Tuesday, colleagues credited his leadership with the restoration of that reputation.

Over the past eight years and increased level of pride has been generated on the State campus. Chancellor Monteith supervised the explosive growth of the school's research facilities. Under his watch, the University's endowments quadrupled. Colleagues say he is ending his career on a very high note. Keith Harrod, chairman of the NCSU board of trustees said it's been a great eight years.

Upon taking office, Monteith recals that his greatest challenge was to restore the University's academic integrity. At the time, charges swirled around the basketball program. Many players ignored their studies, but still starred on the court. Monteith said he enjoyed working to re-establish a sense of trust between professors and coaches.

Dr. Art Cooper, faculty athletics representative, says Monteith accomplished a great deal in that area.

Looking toward the future, Monteith sees the need for increasing diversity on the campus and for creating financial opportunities for more students to enroll. He hopes his successor will have one quality he says he lacked -- charisma.

Monteith says he has no immediate plans for his retirement other than to help the new Chancellor get started. He will remain in office until his successor is chosen.