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UNC board meets privately with chancellor Thorp

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Overseers of North Carolina's public universities are voicing support for the head of the system's flagship Chapel Hill campus amid investigations into academic fraud, improper travel spending by fundraisers and special treatment for athletes.

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors met privately Friday with Chancellor Holden Thorp. Thorp said afterward he's shown he's willing to act forcefully to clean up the problems.

The mother of former Tar Heels basketball star Tyler Hansbrough and a billion-dollar campus fundraiser resigned from their jobs this week under suspicion of improper travel spending.

Board members Ann Goodnight of Cary and Ed McMahan of Charlotte said Thorp is doing a great job leading a campus that hauled in nearly $770 million in research funds last year.

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