Thorp announced he was stepping down Monday after a series of embarrassing scandals at the state's flagship public university that ranged from football players accepting gifts, to no-show classes and instructors who didn't teach, to fundraisers traveling for personal reasons using donated money.
Despite the problems, Thorp still enjoys some support on campus.
About 250 faculty members approved a resolution Tuesday declaring that Thorp "remains the best person to lead our university through these challenging times." The resolution passed despite Thorp stressing the decision to resign next June was his, and that he planned to return to teaching chemistry.
"I appreciate your outpouring of support," Thorp said. "But right now my plan is to sit out there with you."