UNC-Chapel Hill to get new leader this week

jstancill@newsobserver.comApril 10, 2013 

The announcement of a new leader for UNC-Chapel Hill will happen this week.

The UNC Board of Governors has scheduled a special meeting for Friday afternoon to elect a chancellor to succeed Holden Thorp, who will step down in June.

Rumors have swirled this week about the upcoming selection. On March 18, the UNC-CH trustees held an emergency closed-door meeting to discuss personnel and legal matters.

A campus search committee has worked for months to review candidates and conduct interviews for the position.

The committee was asked by UNC system President Tom Ross to come up with three finalists for the job. Ross makes his choice and will take a recommendation to the Board of Governors, which then will elect the new chancellor.

The meeting Friday is scheduled at 2 p.m. A campus event is expected later Friday afternoon to introduce the new leader.

The next chancellor will take the helm of the state’s oldest and highly ranked public university as it tries to recover from athletics and academic fraud scandals that have dragged on for more than two years. The university is also under federal investigation for its handling of sexual assault cases.

This month, the university faces scrutiny from a regional accrediting body stemming from the academic fraud scandal, in which bogus classes in the African and Afro-American Studies department were disproportionately enrolled with athletes. The allegations were tied to a former department chairman and office manager. A State Bureau of Investigation probe is underway.

Stancill: 919-829-4559

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