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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University's Faculty Senate decided at an emergency meeting Friday to schedule a referendum on President Stephen Kopp.

Faculty Senate Chairman Eldon Larsen told media outlets the online faculty vote will be held in early May.

The decision came a day after the Board of Governors tabled Kopp's proposal to overhaul the school's budget policies.

Kopp apologized Wednesday for ordering the removal of nearly all revenue funds from department accounts into a central holding account last week so the administration and chief financial officer could analyze revenues and expenses. The move was criticized by faculty members who say they weren't notified until after the fact.

Professor Dallas Brozik said the College of Business then took a vote of no confidence against Kopp and Provost Gayle Ormiston.

A vote of no confidence is non-binding, but professor Pamela Mulder has said it has symbolic power.

Kopp, who said the money has been returned to the department accounts, has contended 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.

At Friday's meeting, 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."

 

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