UNC chancellor honored with $1m endowment

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 06:40 PM

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp has been honored Wednesday with a $1 million endowment in his honor.

The money, which came from an anonymous donor, will be used to establish the Chancellor Holden Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Endowment at the Carolina Center for Public Service and will be used to support the center’s Faculty Engaged Scholars program.

An announcement about the endowment first came during a Board of Trustees worksession on Wednesday and was followed by a university news release.

“This endowment is an especially fitting way to honor Chancellor Thorp and his contributions in that it supports faculty from across campus in their efforts to develop and strengthen their teaching and research in ways that benefit communities throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world,” Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service, said in the news release.

The honor for Thorp comes as he prepares to leave the university at the end of June to become provost at Washington University in St. Louis.

“I can’t imagine something that would mean more to me than being part of an extraordinary legacy of public service at this university,” Thorp said. “[Through the Faculty Engaged Scholars program], it is nice to see public service and applied research come together in ways beyond anything we could have imagined. That is inspiring to me and I am honored to be a part of it.”

The scholars program is an initiative created to advance faculty involvement in engaged scholarship.

Scholars are chosen through a competitive process for the two-year program and those selected participate in an interactive and experiential curriculum, involving on-site visits and discussions with other Carolina faculty members and their community partners.

Thirty-three faculty members from 21 departments have participated in the program since it was created in 2007.

The next class with be selected in spring 2014 and will be the first to graduate as Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars.