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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — A panel that will narrow down the best candidates to take over management of North Carolina’s flagship public university is getting to work.

The committee met for the first time Monday to begin searching for a new chancellor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chancellor Holden Thorp said last month he would resign effective in June after dealing with a series of athletic, academic and financial scandals for the past two years. Faculty, employees, students and the campus trustees board asked Thorp to change his mind, but he said his decision was final.

UNC System President Tom Ross says recruiters will be competing for candidates at the same time as about a dozen other prestigious universities including Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Penn State, Wisconsin and Berkeley.

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