Hocking College President Reinstated

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A southeastern Ohio college president ousted from the job this summer amid a dispute with school trustees is being reinstated.

Hocking College President Ron Erickson resigned in June after a battle with trustees over governance and communication.

Since then, several board members have been replaced.

The new mix of trustees voted 5-4 on Tuesday to bring Erickson back.

New Board Chairman Mike Brooks has said he thinks it would be a mistake to spend money searching for a new president.

He also says the college needs consistency after having five interim or permanent presidents within three years.

Brooks says that shuffling has wasted a lot of money.

Erickson says he’s “delightfully surprised” by the board’s decision.

He was set to resume work today.