Even after refusing to do so for months, Garrison resigned a week after the second no-confidence vote.
Faculty at West Virginia State University voted no confidence in longtime president Hazo Carter in 2011, citing financial problems, declining enrollment and the university's poor public image. Carter quickly announced his retirement after 25 years at the school.
"If you have a faculty that over a long period of time simply feel at odds with their campus leadership, ultimately it's just not healthy for the institution," said Timothy Ruhnke, chairman of the West Virginia State's faculty senate now, and at the time of the no-confidence vote. "I don't think these votes are typically taken lightly."
Kopp released a statement Wednesday saying he is "pleased to have the overwhelming support of the Board of Governors and trust(s) that, working together with faculty, staff and students, we will continue down our proven path of success."
"I respect the views of the faculty who have shared their opinion in this fashion," he says, before reiterating his position on the university's finances that led to the contentious sweeping of department accounts:
"The budget challenges we set out to address remain and I do not see additional public funding on the horizon. We have much work to do in the coming days and months to ensure Marshall continues its progress with even more limited public resources."
Chris Hoge, a junior public relations major who was among the students who rallied outside Kopp's meeting with faculty last month, said Kopp's support from the board despite the no-confidence vote brings more questions than answers.
"Speaking from a student perspective, it's really disheartening to see this turmoil in the way our university is managed," Hodge said. "I think for Marshall students, the result of this vote represents an uncertainty going forward; that the priorities of Marshall are not outlined."
Hodge worries that tuition will increase for students despite Kopp's promise to keep tuition at its current level. He said tuition increases are "the default action" when the budget is tight.
"I don't fear that it will be raised, I expect there to be a higher tuition in the fall," Hodge said. "I've already budgeted myself for higher tuition."
Students are largely concerned about what the school's budget woes mean for their tuition dollars, and less concerned with university politics.
Student and former student government association chief of staff Adam Fridley said the vote of no confidence was counterproductive as administrators work toward a budget solution.
"I think that in spite of everything that's happened, when you come to the negotiation table, you have to come to the table with the mindset of working together, not 'we don't want you here,'" Fridley said. "I feel like if we don't come together and cooperate in a good faith effort, the students are the ones who will be holding the bag."
Fridley said students should take their grievances to state lawmakers.
"The fight starts in Charleston, and we're going to need a big effort in the next couple of years to fight falling funds from the state," Fridley said.
Parthenon writer Marcus Constantino contributed to this story.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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