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UNC Faculty Asks Chancellor to Rethink Resignation

CHAPEL HILL N.C. — Professors at North Carolina’s flagship public university are hoping to sway Chancellor Holden Thorp to change his mind about resigning in the face of multiple scandals.

Faculty leaders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill called a special meeting Tuesday for professors. They hope a resolution from the entire faculty might persuade Thorp to reconsider his resignation that’s effective in June. Thorp has said he intended to return to teaching chemistry and stressed the decision was his own.

About a dozen faculty leaders approved a statement saying Thorp’s accomplishments have been overlooked in leading the campus through the state’s financial troubles and other areas.

Thorp is dealing with multiple scandals from football players accepting gifts, to no-show classes, to fundraisers traveling for personal reasons using donated money.

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