Arkansas State U. Chancellor Quits Following His Wife’s Resignation Last Month

Tim Hudson, chancellor of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, on Tuesday sent a brief email of resignation, effective immediately, to Charles L. Welch, president of the Arkansas State system, reported Arkansas Business on Wednesday.

Mr. Hudson, who was appointed as chancellor in 2012, also resigned as a professor in Arkansas State’s College of Business, Arkansas Business reported. The university did not cite a reason for the resignation and will not pay severance to Mr. Hudson, said Jeff Hankins, the system’s vice president for communications, according to the business journal.

Mr. Hudson resigned just a few weeks after his wife, Deidra Hudson, quit her part-time position as director of the university’s study-abroad program after an internal audit revealed that overseas trips were often disorganized, some instructors worked without contracts, and students paid for trips via a PayPal account, reported Arkansas Business and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

In a news release, Mr. Welch thanked Mr. and Ms. Hudson for their service and wished them well. He also named Lynita Cooksey, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and research at Arkansas State, as acting chancellor, and said he would develop a plan for a long-term interim appointment.

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