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Mon February 18, 2013

UNC Chancellor To Become WUSTL Provost

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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 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.

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.

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.