PHOTOS BY DAN SEARS ’ 74
Thorp: Deepening a Commitment
to Academic Excellence and Service
Carolina reveres its heritage, and few more with what they have.
know that better than its 10th “These last several months, I’ve experi-chancellor. When Holden Thorp enced the deep feelings that folks have for
’ 86 officially took the helm on a picture- our University. I’ve heard a few opinions
perfect October Sunday afternoon in Polk about this policy or that policy. I’ve heard
Place, he placed his hand on the Thorp about favorite professors. But what I’ve
Bible, late of his great-grandfather Judge heard most is an acute awareness that Car-William Lewis Thorp, who in the 19th olina is about our people: our students, fac-century read for the law under Judge ulty, staff and alumni.
William Horn Battle (class of 1820) at “To advance as a campus community,
what later became UNC’s law school. Thorp takes his oath from Patricia Timmons- we must deepen our collective commit-
In his University Day address, Thorp con- Goodson ’ 76 while his wife, Patti, holds a fami- ment to the people of Carolina. We must
veyed a deep understanding of the value of ly Bible. Above, Professor Trudier Harris leads motivate and nurture our students academ-the liberal arts tradition in the rapidly chang- the University Day procession. ically — and we must provide them with
ing world of work and of the role of the the right environment to find and follow
University in North Carolina and in the their dreams. We must expect our faculty to
world. And he spoke most passionately about succeed in the classroom and in research
the crossroads at which UNC finds itself — and service — and make sure they have the
having arrived as a legitimate competitor resources they need.
with the best schools, with the mandate to “In short, we must make Carolina the
take on challenging growth, a citizen in a best place to teach, learn and discover. We
mature Chapel Hill.
“Our institutional saga is one of University Day continued on page 10
courage and conviction, of thirst for
knowledge and creativity, and of love for
education and enlightenment,” he said. But,
he added, “today we must show the discipline not to revel in our past, but to live in
the present and look to the future.”
Thorp bowed to Carolina’s most valued
asset, its people, but he charged them to do