Former ASU Chancellor Tim Hudson
Another higher education resignation: Arkansas State University Chancellor Tim Hudson resigned Tuesday,
a couple of weeks after his wife, Deidre Hudso
n, 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.
, 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.