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NC university leaders to name UNC Chapel Hill head

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina public university governing board is ready to name the new leader for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The UNC Board of Governors said Wednesday it will hold a special meeting Friday to elect a chancellor for the country's oldest public university. A 21-member university search committee has been working since October with a higher-education headhunter.

The new hire will replace Holden Thorp, who announced in 2012 that he would leave in June after two years of scandals involving academic fraud, improper travel spending by fundraisers, special treatment for athletes, and allegations that campus sexual assaults weren't fully reported.

Thorp is leaving his undergraduate alma mater after four years as UNC-Chapel Hill's chancellor to become the chief academic officer of Washington University in St. Louis.

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