UNC-CH board asks resigning chancellor to stay

By MARTHA WAGGONER | September 19, 2012 | 6:35 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The board of trustees for North Carolina's flagship public university is asking its chancellor to change his mind about resigning and stay on the job.

After a closed-door meeting, the board at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill passed a resolution saying that its members believe the school is better off today because of Chancellor Holden Thorp. It asked that he reconsider his decision to leave his post in June, saying it's in the best interest of the university that he stay.

Thorp announced his resignation after struggling the past two years with several scandals, including the most recent one dealing with fundraisers who traveled for personal reasons using donated money.

The board also approved the hiring of an interim vice chancellor for advancement, replacing one of those fundraisers.