John Gorsuch, director of Student Stores, plans to retire at the end of the month, announcing his decision in an email sent to Division of Finance and Administration staff members on Thursday.
Gorsuch confirmed his retirement in an email and said he went out of town for a long weekend on Thursday.
UNC has recently engaged in conversations with Follett, a business interested in privatizing UNC Student Stores.
Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises, said the retirement would have no effect on the decision about privatizing Student Stores.
“His retirement will have no effect on our process of examining whether we should hire an external management company,” Ives said. “That process of review is still underway, and we anticipate making a decision during the spring semester.”
Lindsay Packey, a junior who works at Student Stores, said Gorsuch met with her and other employees to update them on the details of the potential privatization. She said he has been considering retirement.
“I’m really sad and I know that it’s probably concerning with everything that’s going on with (Student Stores) possibly being bought out, but I know that he’s been talking about retiring for some time now, because he has been working for the student stores for over 30 and a half years," she said.
Packey said the idea of privatizing Student Stores scares her.
“I don’t think it’s necessarily going to be a good thing, but I know the administration has our back and I hope they make the best decision for us," she said.