UNC board to select chancellor Friday

Apr. 10, 2013 @ 05:34 PM

The UNC Board of Governors is expected Friday to name a chancellor for UNC to replace Holden Thorp, who is stepping down in June and will become provost at Washington University in St. Louis.

Although the board is meeting at UNC Pembroke today and Friday morning, a special meeting has been called for 2 p.m., on Friday in Chapel Hill to elect a chancellor, who will be the university’s 11th.

UNC Board of Trustees Chairman Wade Hargrove, who led the chancellor search committee, has said often that he was pleased with the quality of candidates who expressed interest in the job in spite of the university’s recent troubles.

Those troubles include athletic and academic fraud scandals that dinged the reputation of the state’s flagship school.

And more recently, the school has found itself under federal investigation due to complaints from students and a former administrator who contend the university mishandled allegations of sexual assaults.

UNC system President Tom Ross asked the search committee to submit three finalists for the chancellor’s post. He will recommend one to the Board of Governors.

In February, the board elected Debra Saunders-White, a U.S. Department of Education official, to lead N.C. Central University.

Saunders-White will be the 11th chancellor in NCCU’s 110-year history and the first woman to serve in more than a temporary capacity in the role.

Thorp became UNC’s 10th chancellor in July 2008.