Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington of Jonesboro announced Monday, according to NEA Report, that a grand jury had declined to indict former Arkansas State University
Hudson resigned in 2016 after questions were raised about expenditures in a study abroad program that his wife had led. The State Police investigated and presented findings to the grand jury last week. Ellington announced the decision not to charge on Monday without elaboration.
Checking for Hudson’s current whereabouts, I found this November article on the USA Today network:
A former colleague of the provost of Austin Peay State University, hired to a newly created temporary executive director’s position, was improperly given a 16-month contract extension, according to a recent audit.
Tim Hudson was hired Jan. 17, 2017, under a 12-month contract as interim executive director for the Center for Extended and International Education.
University policy is that temporary employees cannot work longer than 12 consecutive months. But in violation of that policy, Provost Rex Gandy gave Hudson a second contract for January 2018 through June 30, 2019, with the option for an extension to June 30, 2020, according to APSU audit documents obtained by The Leaf-Chronicle.
While a search process is required for permanent positions, it is not required for temporary, or interim, positions.
Gandy told audit investigators that when he started at APSU in 2015, he worked to increase the population of international students. But he was unable to get the desired results, so he created the temporary position and turned to a former colleague — Hudson — to do the job.
The two worked together at the University of Southern Mississippi.