CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marshall University faculty will vote on whether they have confidence or not in President Stephen Kopp's leadership "as soon as possible," after a motion for the vote was made and seconded during an emergency Faculty Senate meeting Friday.
The motion cited Kopp's "engagement in communication practices" that undermined the administration's goals of transparency and left the university's faculty departments "in a state of chaos" after he abruptly decided last week to sweep the university's departmental accounts into one central account, Faculty Senate Chairman Eldon Larsen said.
Faculty members could decide on the matter by voting electronically as soon as May 1, Larsen said.
The sweep was part of a new budget model Kopp proposed to the Marshall Board of Governors in an attempt to prepare for a $5 million cutback in state appropriations, he said.
All special revenue accounts totaling more than $5,000 were moved overnight into one consolidated account for administrators to analyze, and from which departments would need to request withdrawals.
Kopp notified employees via email after the money already had been moved. However, Kopp confirmed Friday that the money had been put back into departments' individual accounts.
"A great deal of trust has been damaged," Larsen said. The phrase, 'I'll believe it when I see it' becomes very important."
In an apology to the Board of Governors and members of the Marshall community, Kopp called the move "ill-conceived" and "insensitive."