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October 2008

Thorp affirms University's global aspiration and service to North Carolina

Carolina’s future success will come from aspiring to academic excellence on a global scale while remaining firmly committed to serving North Carolina’s people and communities.

Chancellor Holden Thorp shared that vision Sunday, Oct. 12, with an enthusiastic University Day crowd during his installation as Carolina’s 10th chancellor.

“Throughout our history, our leaders have held true to a concept so bold, so audacious and so challenging – to aspire to global academic excellence while focusing our teaching and our service on North Carolina’s students and people,” Thorp said. “We’re the university of both – and:  Both academic prominence and a commitment to our state.”

Thorp said Carolina must be “the best place to teach, learn and discover” – a goal that can be reached because students, faculty, staff and alumni share the belief that the University can transform the future.

Click here for highlights – including video and photos – from University Day and Thorp’s speech.

PHOTO: Chancellor Thorp talks with West Charlotte High School students. Visit
During a recent state tour, Chancellor Thorp debuted his blog, It includes photos, video, audio and the chance for readers to share comments. You are invited to visit the blog and learn more about the state tour and to keep up with the chancellor's chronicles of Carolina.

Thorp's North Carolina tour stops at high schools, UNC campuses

Although Chancellor Thorp is a native North Carolinian who has lived most of his life in the state, he says, "I still have a lot to learn." That’s why he recently conducted a state tour to show his personal commitment to the University's mission of serving North Carolina.

The tour included his hometown of Fayetteville with stops at Fayetteville State University and his alma mater, Terry Sanford High School. He also stopped in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, Morehead City and Elizabeth City with visits including high school students and UNC system chancellors.