Arkansas State chancellor Tim Hudson announces resignation

August 3, 2016 GMT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State University Chancellor Tim Hudson has resigned, less than three weeks before the fall semester is set to begin.

The university said Wednesday that Hudson’s resignation is effective immediately. ASU System President Charles Welch named Lynita Cooksey as acting chancellor. Cooksey now serves as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs and research at Arkansas State.

The school gave no reason for Hudson’s sudden departure, and Hudson did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. But an internal audit, obtained by The Jonesboro Sun under an open records request, criticized the school’s study abroad program, which was run by Hudson’s wife.

Hudson was appointed chancellor in 2012. He also resigned as a professor in the College of Business at Arkansas State.