CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two groups at Marshall University gave very different evaluations of the school's president, Stephen Kopp, on Wednesday.
Members of Marshall University's Faculty Senate released results of a symbolic "no confidence" vote on Kopp this. More than two-thirds of the faculty members who voted agreed with the no-confidence motion passed by the Faculty Senate on April 19.
Shortly after the vote, though, the chairman of Marshall's Board of Governors -- which has the power to discipline or fire the president -- said the board believes Kopp is still the right man for the job.
Faculty Senate members called for the no-confidence vote after Kopp swept the money in nearly all of the university's departmental accounts into a central account, without informing faculty members in those departments. Kopp said he made the move in anticipation of a $5 million state funding cut, but acknowledged he should have told faculty about the move first.
Of 420 votes cast, 290 faculty members agreed with a motion passed on April 19 calling for a vote of no confidence in the president. Another 107 faculty members did not agree with the no-confidence resolution, and 23 abstained. There were 745 members eligible to vote on the question.
Freezing and consolidating the accounts was the first step in a financial reorganization plan Kopp had intended to present to the board. He later apologized, calling the action "insensitive" and "ill-conceived." Marshall's Board of Governors postponed any action on Kopp's plan, and Kopp returned the money to the various departments' accounts.
But some faculty and staff at Marshall said the damage had already been done.
"A great deal of trust has been damaged," Faculty Senate Chairman Eldon Larsen, an engineering professor, said at the time. "The phrase, 'I'll believe it when I see it' becomes very important.