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Holden Thorp, University Of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor, To Step Down: Reports

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UNC chancellor Holden Thorp leaves following a board of trustees meeting Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation. The school issued a statement announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Travis Long)
UNC chancellor Holden Thorp leaves following a board of trustees meeting Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis on Wednesday, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation. The school issued a statement announcing Davis' dismissal nine days before the start of preseason practice. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Travis Long)

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp will resign at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, he announced Monday.

Thorp has served as chancellor since 2008 -- a rocky time featuring several scandals at the Chapel Hill campus.

"I will always do what is best for this university," Thorp said in a statement Monday. "This wasn't an easy decision personally. But when I thought about the university and how important it's been to me, to North Carolinians and to hundreds of thousands of alumni, my answer became clear."

Thorp addressed the UNC Board of Governors in a closed-door meeting Friday, addressing one of the latest scandals to hit the campus.

WRAL reports:

Last week, Vice Chancellor for Advancement Matt Kupec and Tami Hansbrough, a major gifts officer at UNC-Chapel Hill and the mother of former Tar Heels basketball star Tyler Hansbrough, resigned from their jobs under suspicion of improper travel spending.

Thorp ordered an internal audit of the travels by Kupec and Tami Hansbrough after finding evidence that some of the 28 fundraising trips they took together since 2010 might have been "personally driven."

Kupec and Hansbrough were in a romantic relationship, according to the News & Observer. Matt Kupec, North Carolina's vice chancellor for university advancement and one of the school's top fundraisers, resigned in the wake of that scandal earlier this month.

The UNC Board initially reported on Friday they would not be taking action against Thorp. It appears now they arranged for Thorp to bow out at the end of the school year.

UNC was also dealing with the fallout of a major academic scandal involving student athletes. People have called for Thorp to go over the past couple years.

Meanwhile, The Daily Tar Heel reported on another scandal hitting the campus this week. The judicial arm of the University’s Interfraternity Council is investigating nine reports of hazing at UNC fraternity chapters.

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