Another higher education resignation: Arkansas State University Chancellor Tim Hudson resigned Tuesday, a couple of weeks after his wife, Deidre Hudson, relinquished her job as study-abroad director.
An audit of the study-abroad program, the Democrat-Gazette reported, provided the ASU board of trustees last week showed a program in disarray, with no contracts for some instructors abroad, unorganized trips and other problems. Deidre Hudson had handled the job as a part-time employee; her husband wanted to hire her full-time, but ASU System President Charles Welch told him he could not hire his wife. In response, Tim Hudson asked the school provost to cancel the full-time job posting, to which 14 people had applied.
Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and research, will serve as acting chancellor, Welch announced. Hudson also resigned as a professor in the College of Business.
ASU says it will find a new director for the study-abroad program.
On Monday, the University of Arkansas asked for and received the resignation of its chief fundraiser, Chris Wyrick. Wyrick, who was paid $310,000 a year, replaced John Choate in 2013 after it was revealed that the development office was $3 million over budget.
Wyrick also fired John Diamond, the UA former spokesman, with whom he’d had a confrontation at a meeting. Wyrick, however, acknowledged he’d called someone “Brother Honky” during the meeting and had made an offensive remark about Catholics.
Diamond has since written a book, “Please Delete,” about the fund-raising office and his contention that former Chancellor David Gearhart had withheld public documents relating to the deficit. Gearhart retired in 2015.