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Issue: 1175 Date: 2/28/2013
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UNC Chancellor To Become WUSTL Provost

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Holden Thorp, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
        The chancellor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is leaving to become provost of Washington University in St. Louis. Holden Thorp said in an email Monday (February 18, 2013) to students, faculty and staff, that the new job would allow him to teach and do research while serving as chief academic officer of Washington University. Forty-eight-year-old Thorp announced in September he would step down as chancellor at the end of the academic year. He said he would return to the classroom.

        A North Carolina native, Thorp grew up in a Fayetteville family steeped in UNC traditions dating to the 1800s. When he graduated from Terry Sanford High School, the only college on his application list was Carolina, where he earned a bachelor of science degree with honors in 1986.

        Attending a world-class research university - where the same people conduct research and teach - allowed Thorp to work in chemistry labs with top faculty and inspired him to become a professor. He pursued that dream at the California Institute of Technology, where he earned a doctorate in chemistry in 1989, and at Yale University for postgraduate work. After teaching a year at NC State, he returned to UNC to teach chemistry in 1993. He was chair of the chemistry department and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences before becoming chancellor.

        Holden Thorp took office as Carolina's 10th chancellor on July 1, 2008. Thorp has been chancellor at UNC for five years. For the past two years, he's been affected by a sprawling scandal that started with improper benefits for football players. An accomplished musician who plays jazz bass and keyboard, Thorp is married to Patti Worden Thorp, a Hope Mills native and UNC Greensboro graduate. Their children are John and Emma.

        He will succeed Edward Macias, who held the position for the past 25 years. Thorp will start July 1 and will also hold an endowed professorship with appointments in chemistry and medicine.


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