|(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)|
By Robbi Pickeral/ESPN.com by way of the Raleigh News & Observer
North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp, whose tenure has been marred by several athletics-related scandals over the past two years, will resign at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, the school announced Monday.
"It's been stressful, so I'd be kidding you if I told you I hadn't thought from time to time about whether it would be better for the University and better for me, for me to be over in the chemistry building doing what I used to do and love to do," Thorp, a longtime professor, researcher and a former chair in UNC's chemistry department before he became chancellor in 2008, told ESPN.com. "But this weekend was the first time I really thought about it and felt like it was the right time."
The announcement came three days after Thorp answered questions Friday from the UNC Board of Governors during a closed-door meeting about the school's top fundraiser, Matt Kupec, and Tami Hansbrough, a gifts officer and mother of former basketball star Tyler Hansbrough.
Kupec and Tami Hansbrough resigned last week after Thorp discovered that the couple had charged questionable travel expenses to the school.
It was just the latest scandal Thorp has presided over since he was named chancellor, but he told ESPN.com he was not asked to resign; he made the choice to step aside after discussing the options with his wife over the weekend.
(Interestingly, the UNC faculty which is not widely known to be supportive of the Tar Heels athletic endeavors in spite of their financial contributions to the institution were largely in favor of Thorp staying.)
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