Mid-Continent President willing to resign


Reporter - Jason Hibbs

GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. - Mid-Continent University Board Chair Tom Butler told Local 6 President Robert Imhoff will step down if that's what the board wants.

This, after we reported the Graves County School was denied nine million dollars in grant and loan money from the Department of Education.

It's because the university hasn't been correctly classifying courses and semesters for years.

The university is also on an accreditation warning list with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, for the second year in a row.

The president did not return our call.  We did speak with Chairman Tom Butler. In the morning Butler told Local 6 he'd do an interview if he was provided the questions beforehand. We didn't give him specifics but told him in general what we wanted to know. He said he might do an interview in the afternoon, and he'd call us then.

He never called. So we called him. He said he had nothing to say. But Butler did tell Local 6 he'll likely schedule a board meeting Saturday where the president may step down. If that happens it'll be up to the trustees to appoint a temporary replacement.  They'll then start searching for a permanent replacement.

We also had an interview set up with M.C.U. trustee and pastor Mark Gill. While we were on our way to the interview he and canceled, saying board members advised him not to talk to media.

As for trustee Gale Hawkins, he also didn't want to talk because he says he doesn't have much information right now. He said Butler told him Imhoff didn't want to resign right now, but stay another year. Chairman Butler said he didn't say that and he's less focused on President Imhoff and more concerned about the university's survival because they're running out of money, and fast.

We've been told President Imhoff instructed students not to talk to WPSD.
But that's not stopping them from weighing in on Facebook.

We've also received numerous calls into our newsroom from outraged students concerned about the value of their degrees and the future of their school. While they all wanted to share their thoughts on the phone, none of them wanted to do an on-camera interview.
They all said they feared retaliation from the administration.