Former UNC chief fundraiser Matt Kupec resigned on Sunday after an internal investigation revealed that he took personal trips with university fundraiser Tami Hansbrough, the mother of former UNC star Tyler Hansbrough, all at the university’s expense.
According to the News & Observer, Chancellor Holden Thorp informed Kupec that a review of his travel with Hansbrough showed trips that did not appear to be university related. It was at that point that Kupec tendered his resignation.
Last night I told Matt what I had been finding and I was going to have to do a thorough investigation of his travel, and he offered his resignation,” Thorp said, adding he accepted it.
“It was difficult because Matt has been such a great person for the university and has raised billions of dollars for us,” Thorp added, “but I had to share with him what we had been finding and it didn’t look good and that it’s likely that this sort of personally driven travel was unacceptable, and we are going to need to do a pretty thorough investigation of it.”
The trips appear to have included “destinations where her other son, Ben Hansbrough, then a star basketball player at Notre Dame, was playing”. Thorp did not reveal how many of these trips there were.
Thorp began to hear concerns regarding Kupec’s and Hansbrough’s travel a couple of weeks ago and that lead to Thorp kicking off the investigation.
As for Hansbrough, she has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.