In Rare Second Act, Chapel Hill Chancellor Will Be Provost at Washington U. in St. Louis

In Rare Second Act, Chapel Hill Chancellor Will Be Provost at Washington U. 1

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H. Holden Thorp

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H. Holden Thorp

H. Holden Thorp, whose chancellorship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was upended last September by a string of controversies, will be the next provost of Washington University in St. Louis, officials there announced on Monday.

In a rare decision to step down the administrative ladder, Mr. Thorp, 48, has positioned himself as second-in-command at a private research institution that is likely to have a vacancy at the top in just a few years. Mark S. Wrighton, who is