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September 24, 2017

Arkansas State University Looks for Interim Chancellor


JONESBORO – 

The Arkansas State University system’s president says the school will look for a long-term interim chancellor to replace former chancellor Tim Hudson, who resigned after internal audits criticized the school’s study abroad program run by his wife.

Another audit showed that Hudson may have violated a state law in his efforts to get tuition assistance for a family member. Hudson resigned on Aug. 2.

School president Charles Welch addressed faculty concerns at a conference Wednesday, The Jonesboro Sun reports. Welch told faculty that he wants an interim chancellor to serve out this academic year until a permanent chancellor is hired.

Welch said it’s important to bring in someone from the outside to help the university take a look at its policies and procedures.

Hudson’s wife was the study abroad program’s part-time director, and has also resigned.

The school says the search for a full-time director is underway. Welch said he has asked the university’s legal counsel to help strengthen the study abroad program’s policy and procedures.

There has been concern in recent weeks regarding a campus the school plans to open in Queretaro, Mexico in 2017. Hudson was overseeing the campus project, which is part of a planned community development.

University officials say they still plan to open the campus. The first phase of the campus will accommodate about 5,000 students.

Welch said ASU and its partners will make sure all concerns about the project are “fully addressed and any questions about impropriety are put to rest.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

JONESBORO – 

The Arkansas State University system’s president says the school will look for a long-term interim chancellor to replace former chancellor Tim Hudson, who resigned after internal audits criticized the school’s study abroad program run by his wife.

Another audit showed that Hudson may have violated a state law in his efforts to get tuition assistance for a family member. Hudson resigned on Aug. 2.

School president Charles Welch addressed faculty concerns at a conference Wednesday, The Jonesboro Sun reports. Welch told faculty that he wants an interim chancellor to serve out this academic year until a permanent chancellor is hired.

Welch said it’s important to bring in someone from the outside to help the university take a look at its policies and procedures.

Hudson’s wife was the study abroad program’s part-time director, and has also resigned.

The school says the search for a full-time director is underway. Welch said he has asked the university’s legal counsel to help strengthen the study abroad program’s policy and procedures.

There has been concern in recent weeks regarding a campus the school plans to open in Queretaro, Mexico in 2017. Hudson was overseeing the campus project, which is part of a planned community development.

University officials say they still plan to open the campus. The first phase of the campus will accommodate about 5,000 students.

Welch said ASU and its partners will make sure all concerns about the project are “fully addressed and any questions about impropriety are put to rest.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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