- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State University System President Charles Welch has named a former president of Eastern Kentucky University as interim chancellor.

Welch on Thursday said Doug Whitlock will serve as interim chancellor at the ASU campus in Jonesboro starting Sept. 12. Whitlock replaces Tim Hudson, who resigned in August after internal audits criticized the school’s study abroad program run by Hudson’s wife.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lynita Cooksey has been acting chancellor since Hudson’s resignation.

Whitlock, who is 73, retired as EKU president in 2013 and was named president emeritus.

Welch said a national search will be conducted in spring 2017 for a permanent chancellor and that Whitlock will not be a candidate for the position.

Whitlock will be paid a prorated salaried based on $305,000 per year.

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