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Gov. Jim Martin To Lead UNC Academic Review

Former N.C. Governor Jim Martin

A former governor will lead an investigation into academic irregularities at UNC Chapel Hill.

Gurnal Scott: The panel that will look into academic fraud involving more than 50 classes taken by athletes that had laxed academic oversight will be led by former Governor Jim Martin. In a blog post, Chancellor Holden Thorp said he and UNC System President Tom Ross believe the investigation and Martin's leadership of it is an important step in rebuilding the confidence he wants students to have in the school's academic integrity. In addition to Martin's leadership, Thorp is asking national management firm Virchow, Krause and Company to help draft a report for the Board of Governors. Thorp has also tapped Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities or the AAU to look at the school's future relationship between academics and athletics. The review is to begin immediately.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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