WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. • After just more than two months on the job, former congressman and Southern Illinois University president Glenn Poshard has resigned as president of Morthland College here.
Poshard said he tendered his resignation April 26 through a letter to college founder Tim Morthland, effective immediately.
As for his reasons for leaving his post, Poshard read the following statement:
“I believe strongly in the vision and the mission of Morthland College and the opportunity it provides in offering students a faith-based, Christian education, however there are serious issues — both personnel and financial — of which I was not notified when I began as president, and which, I concluded, could only be resolved by an authority other than myself.”
However, Leigh Caldwell, public relations and marketing director for Morthland College, said college officials were given other reasons for Poshard stepping down.
“He resigned for health reasons, that is what he told us,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell confirmed that an emergency meeting was called after Poshard presented the letter, during which the board asked Morthland to return as president. He accepted.
Caldwell was unsure how long Morthland would be in the position.
“I am certain at some point there will be a leadership change,” she said. “I don’t know how quickly that will come.”
She said the decision was quick because they needed someone to fill the leadership role.
This is the last week of regular classes at Morthland with finals next week. Commencement will be May 13.
“We are finishing out the semester and things are fine,” Caldwell said.
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