Faculty vote on MU president to finish Tuesday night
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A symbolic vote by Marshall University faculty members on the job performance of President Stephen Kopp is wrapping up.
Marshall's Faculty Senate began conducting the nonbinding vote April 24. The online voting is set to end Tuesday night.
Faculty Senate Chairman Eldon Larsen said Monday that roughly 800 faculty members are eligible to vote.
"We'll report the results to the faculty on Wednesday morning," Larsen said.
The vote was scheduled during an emergency meeting of the Faculty Senate on April 19, one day after the Marshall Board of Governors tabled a proposal by Kopp to overhaul the school's budget policies.
Kopp had ordered the removal of nearly all revenue 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.
The College of Business earlier took a vote of no confidence against Kopp and Provost Gayle Ormiston, professor Dallas Brozik has said.
Kopp has contended that Marshall's current budgeting model is not suitable for an institution of its size, especially when it's facing a $5 million cut in state funding.
Earlier this month, Kopp said "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."
Marshall is the third university in the state in five years to hold symbolic faculty votes on a president's performance.
In August 2011, West Virginia State University professors took an overwhelming vote of no confidence in President Hazo Carter, who then was the state's longest-serving college president. A week later, Carter announced his retirement.
In May 2008, West Virginia University's faculty twice voted to demand that President Mike Garrison quit over a master's degree scandal involving the daughter of then-Gov. Joe Manchin. Garrison vowed to stay on the job, and the WVU Board of Governors said it believed Garrison did nothing wrong. The following month, Garrison said he would resign that Sept. 1 to end the controversy.