Thorp Debuts Blog During State Tour

Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86 has launched a new blog – – and is using it to share insights and images from his current tour of North Carolina.

Thorp began posting his impressions on Monday from a visit to Tom Herndon’s authentic research class at Chapel Hill High School.

A second post covers stops Tuesday at UNC-Asheville and Jenny Thomas’ Advanced Placement chemistry class at Asheville High School.

“It was fun getting to talk about chemistry with these bright students,” he wrote. “‘I was so excited when they all took a Carolina pen and almost all of them said they would apply to Carolina.

The blog, currently featured on the University’s Web site, invites reader comments via e-mail. Video posts also are planned later.

“As I begin my tenure as Carolina’s chancellor, this blog will help me share thoughts, ideas and news about how the University is fulfilling its commitment to our students and to our state,” Thorp wrote on the blog site. “I welcome your comments.”

During the tour, Thorp is visiting with groups including high school students, his fellow UNC campus chancellors, and Carolina faculty and students. Wednesday’s stops were at West Charlotte High School, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro and N.C. A&T State University. Other stops remain in Wilmington (UNC-W), Morehead City (UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences) and Elizabeth City (Elizabeth City State).

The tour ends Oct. 6 in Thorp’s hometown of Fayetteville, where stops will include Fayetteville State University and his alma mater, Terry Sanford High School.

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