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Monday, September 17, 2012

To the General Faculty

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

As you know, today (Monday), Chancellor Holden Thorp announced his intention to resign as our chancellor as of June 30 of next year.  This afternoon, your Faculty Executive Committee met in emergency session to consider this dismaying announcement.  The FEC unanimously approved the attached statement to be forwarded to Chancellor Thorp urging him to reconsider his decision.

Additionally, as per the procedures outlined in Article 1 of the Faculty Code, I am calling a special meeting of the General Faculty (that’s all of you) tomorrow afternoon — that is, Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — at 4:00 pm in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium of the FedEx Global Education Center at 301 Pittsboro St.  

The purpose of the meeting is to hear from members of the Faculty Executive Committee and me about this situation, to express strong faculty support for Chancellor Thorp, and to consider a resolution from the entire faculty urging the chancellor not to resign.

I hope that you will attend and invite many of your colleagues to attend as well.  A large turnout of faculty is critical to the success of this event.

With kind regards,

Jan Boxill
Chair of the Faculty

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