Professors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Tuesday tried to sway Chancellor Holden Thorp to change his mind about resigning as head of the country's oldest public university in the face of multiple scandals.
A special meeting of the entire faculty was called Tuesday with the aim of persuading Thorp to reconsider his resignation that's effective in June. Thorp has said he intended to return to teaching chemistry and stressed the decision was his own.
About a dozen faculty leaders approved a statement Monday saying Thorp's many accomplishments have been overlooked.
"We believe that Chancellor Thorp has far exceeded expectations and stands as an example of exactly the kind of leadership that we — and all of public higher education — need at this time," said Monday's resolution signed by 14 members of the Faculty Executive Committee. Thorp has demonstrated integrity, vision, thoughtfulness and intelligence and did his best "to make informed, reasoned decisions under very difficult circumstances."