"The challenge before us remains, and it is not of our doing. But as a community, we need to come together and decide what's best for the university in terms of how we're going to manage our affairs in a more limited financial resource environment. That is the challenge," he said during Friday's meeting.
Earlier this week, the Board of Governors voted to table Kopp's proposal for a reorganization of the budget model, which he said would allow for better fiscal management and a more simplified fee structure for students, as well as the creation of a staff compensation pool.
Dozens of Marshall faculty members had questions for Kopp at Friday's two-hour meeting, with many raising suspicions about how he's handled the budget and complaining about a lack of collaboration with staff members from several departments.
"Nobody gets an education as quickly as someone who carries a cat by its tail, and we are that cat," Joseph Wyatt, a psychology professor who's been teaching at Marshall for more than 30 years, told Kopp on Friday.
Wyatt said Kopp has promoted a mentality for the school's administration to overlook the faculty. Still, he acknowledged that faculty members campus-wide have had trust issues with Marshall administrators that predate Kopp's term as president.
A few faculty members who stood up at Friday's meeting alluded to Kopp's salary when they talked about the potential for budget cuts. Kopp made more than $347,000 in 2012, and his contract is set to increase his salary to $430,000, effective July 2014.
"I'm not going to disclose my personal finances," Kopp said. However, he did disclose that he and his wife gave $40,000 this year to nonprofit organizations, including The Marshall University Foundation. "I feel we're very generous. If I took a 10 percent pay cut, I would be able to do less for [the foundation.]"
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