On Wednesday, Larsen said, "The faculty have made a clear statement in the vote of no confidence, although it is non-binding."
He referred to a statement he made at a Faculty Senate meeting on Tuesday, when he urged all parties to work together to solve the university's financial problems. "Criticism and fault-finding are easy," he said. "They take no talent."
After the results of the Faculty Senate vote were announced, Dr. Joseph Touma, a Huntington ear specialist and chairman of the Marshall Board of Governors, said Kopp "has succeeded in achieving the goals set by the Board of Governors for Marshall University and he has exceeded the board's performance expectations in numerous areas."
"The board also believes that he is the right person to keep our great university moving in the right direction," Touma said.
"An atmosphere that fosters constructive dialogue will help us find solutions to the challenges we face, particularly those identified in recent days," he continued. "We expect better communication and collegiality from all constituent groups and consider this an opportunity to establish common ground on which we can address the financial and other obstacles that lie ahead."
Kopp released a statement Wednesday acknowledging the gaffe and thanking the Board of Governors for its support. He also acknowledged the Faculty Senate vote, saying, "I respect the views of the faculty who have shared their opinion in this fashion.
"However, the budget challenges we set out to address remain and I do not see any addition public funding on the horizon," Kopp said. "We have much work to do in the coming days and months to ensure Marshall continues its progress with even more limited public resources."
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