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Faculty to ask Thorp to stay UNC-CH chancellor

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — Professors at North Carolina’s flagship public university are trying to sway Chancellor Holden Thorp to change his mind about resigning in the face of multiple scandals.

Faculty leaders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill called a special meeting Tuesday for professors. They hope a resolution from the entire faculty might persuade Thorp from resigning next June and return to teaching chemistry.

About a dozen faculty leaders approved a statement saying Thorp’s accomplishments have been overlooked in leading the campus through the state’s financial troubles and other areas.

Thorp is dealing with multiple scandals from football players accepting gifts, to no-show classes, to fundraisers traveling for personal reasons using donated money.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported reports that Thorp traveled on some questioned flights.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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