Chancellor Holden Thorp and his wife will leave behind more than just their beloved University when they move to St. Louis next month.
The couple will also part with a community they have collectively spent 45 years serving.
“You can ask me about everything else that I’ve done and I’ll say, here’s some good things about it, here’s some bad things about it,” Thorp said.
“As far as town politics is concerned, I have no reservation saying we revolutionized it.”
The chancellor and his wife Patti will both speak at the Friends of the Downtown meeting held in the Franklin Hotel today at 9:15 a.m.
Pat Evans, the chairwoman of the group, said the chancellor was an unexpected addition to the meeting’s schedule.
“Well, first I was in contact with Patti, but she said she doesn’t go anywhere without Holden,” Evans said.
Evans wanted the pair to speak because of their enthusiasm for the downtown community and the strong relationship they helped build between the University and Chapel Hill.
The Thorps said they were particularly proud of the work they did to build the Ackland Museum Store in what used to be an unoccupied building in the middle of downtown.