Marshall Faculty Votes No Confidence In President

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UPDATE 3:32 p.m. Marshall University's Board of Governors has expressed its support of President Stephen J. Kopp after faculty took a symbolic vote of no confidence in him.

Of 420 faculty members who took part over the past week, 290 voted no confidence in Kopp, 107 supported him and 23 abstained.

A statement issued Wednesday by Board of Governors Chairman Dr. Joseph Touma says Kopp has exceeded the board's performance expectations in several areas, and the board believes Kopp's the right person to lead the university.

Kopp says he's pleased to have the board's support and respects the faculty's vote. But he says the university continues to face tremendous budget challenges ahead.

Last month Kopp ordered the removal of funds from department accounts to have revenues and expenses analyzed. The money was returned.

Marshall University faculty members will soon know how their symbolic vote went on the job performance of President Stephen Kopp.

A weeklong no-confidence referendum conducted by Marshall's Faculty Senate ended Tuesday night. Faculty Senate Chairman Eldon Larsen says results of the nonbinding vote were expected to be released to faculty Wednesday.

Voting was open to about 800 faculty members.

The Marshall Board of Governors on April 18 tabled a proposal by Kopp to overhaul the school's budget policies.

Kopp had ordered the removal of nearly all funds from department accounts into a central holding account so that revenues and expenses could be analyzed. Faculty members criticized the move, saying they weren't notified until after the fact. Kopp later apologized and had the money returned.