After months of uncertainty surrounding who will succeed Chancellor Holden Thorp this summer, the UNC-system Board of Governors will select the next chancellor Friday.21-member search committee UNC
But every meeting of the committee since March 11 has been canceled, sparking rumors that the committee had already chosen the three candidates it would recommend to the Board of Trustees for approval, before sending names to UNC-system President Thomas Ross.
Kenneth Broun, former Chapel Hill mayor and a member of the selection committee, said the group of candidates was even deeper than the applicant pool when Thorp was selected.
“I served on the last selection committee, and the number of very good people was even better this time,” Broun said.
On Friday, Ross will present his nomination in open session to the Board of Governors, who will then vote whether to approve the candidate.
But just who that candidate is remains unknown. The closed search process for the next chancellor resulted in an extremely tight-lipped committee that offered few clues — other than the number of candidate being considered — as to who might fill the position.