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UNC Chapel Hill chancellor headed to St. Louis

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The chancellor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill says he's leaving to become provost of Washington University in St. Louis.

Thorp said in an email he was sending Monday to students, faculty and staff that the new job would allow him to teach and do research while serving as chief academic officer of Washington University.

The 48-year-old Thorp announced in September he would step down as chancellor at the end of the academic year. He said he would return to the classroom.

Thorp has been chancellor at UNC for five years. For the past two years, he's been affected by a sprawling scandal that started with improper benefits for football players and spread to academic fraud in the African and Afro-American Studies Department.

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