Message from Chancellor Thorp

Feb. 18, 2013 @ 08:53 AM

Dear Carolina students, faculty and staff,

Earlier today, Washington University in St. Louis announced that I will become the provost and hold an endowed professorship in the departments of chemistry and medicine. The appointments are effective July 1.

When I announced my decision last September to step down as chancellor, I was humbled and flattered by your outpouring of support. This exciting new opportunity represents the best of both worlds. My new positions will enable me to return to my passions of teaching and research while, at the same time, as the chief academic officer, will allow me to continue many of the administrative duties that I've enjoyed as chancellor.

For more than two years, there is no question that we have faced some of the most difficult issues to come before the University in decades. We have met those challenges head on and put much-needed reforms in place.
It's been painful, but we've become a better university as a result.

I'm proud of the University's recent accomplishments, including making our first top 10 appearance in federal funding for research and development; growing undergraduate admissions applications by 43 percent
- the largest five-year gain in recent campus history; positioning Carolina as a leader in our country's debate about college costs, retention and attainment; bringing the national spotlight to our efforts to promote innovation and entrepreneurship; and working successfully with our local community partners, especially the Town of Chapel Hill.

I'm confident that Carolina is in a better place, and the next chancellor will continue to build on the progress we've made working together. I expect a seamless transition this summer and pledge to continue to do everything that I can until the day I leave South Building to make sure that my successor is in the best possible position to succeed.

I will always love Carolina. This University and this community have been my home for more than 25 years, and have meant more to me personally and professionally than I can measure or describe.

With great respect and appreciation for all of you and what you do for Carolina,

- Holden Thorp