North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp believes college athletics should be left to athletic departments. N&O FILE
CHAPEL HILL — Holden Thorp won’t be the chancellor at North Carolina for long. He’s leaving on June 30 to become the provost at Washington University in St. Louis. Thorp’s imminent departure is one of the reasons why he has become outspoken against the idea – a flawed idea, according to him – that university presidents and chancellors should be responsible for running college athletics.
That’s not to say that Thorp wants to absolve chancellors and presidents from the responsibilities related to athletics. But he believes athletic department matters are best left to the athletic department, and he’d like to chancellors and presidents to have a much less visible role when it comes to leading athletics and the myriad issues that surround them at places like UNC and other universities with high-profile athletic programs.