University faculty members will meet this afternoon in an effort to persuade Chancellor Holden Thorp to reconsider his decision to step down.
The emergency meeting was called late Monday evening by Faculty Chairwoman Jan Boxill following strong reactions from faculty regarding Thorp’s announcement Monday that he would step down in June.
At the meeting, Boxill said general faculty will discuss the situation and consider a faculty-wide resolution urging Thorp to remain in office.
The resolution, which will be presented to the faculty for the first time at the meeting, will urge the University’s 3,600 faculty members to rally in support of Thorp. Though the resolution will not be signed today, Boxill said she hopes the discussion will be a step in the right direction.
The meeting will likely see hundreds of supportive faculty members, Boxill said.