Controversy over staff cuts, deficits and low enrollments at Henderson State University continued this week, culminating in a vote against campus higher-ups.

Controversy over staff cuts, deficits and low enrollments at Henderson State University continued this week, culminating in a vote against campus higher-ups.
In a no-confidence vote taken by tenured HSU faculty members that concluded on Tuesday, almost half the ballots cast were in favor of “no.” Those against whom the votes were cast were President Glen Jones and Vice Presidents Jennifer Boyett, of university advancement; Steve Adkison, provost and Dr. Brett Powell, of finance and administration. The votes were cast online and concluded at noon Tuesday.
The university recently announced plans to eliminate seven staff positions in an attempt to combat its $3.2 million deficit. The total for all of the positions in question is $299,945, and the eliminations would take effect at the beginning of the next fiscal year, which is July 1.
Calls seeking comment were made Tuesday afternoon to both Faculty Senate President Malcolm Rigsby and President-Elect Fred Worth’s offices, but were unanswered.
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Tina Hall had not responded to an email asking for further information.