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Imhoffs begin move from home on campus

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

Changes continue at Mid-Continent University as former president Robert Imhoff and wife Jackie Imhoff, who worked in administration, have begun moving out of their campus home.

A U-Haul moving truck sat in front of the president's house on the Graves County campus for several hours Friday morning. Robert Imhoff said the couple was moving items to a daughter's residence in Florida. He said he and his wife plan to move from the home in June or July.

Acting President Ken Winters said the couple was loading some belongings to take to a condominium in Florida.

Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Butler said the board hasn't put any pressure on the couple to leave the home quickly and isn't in a hurry to expedite the process. The board didn't provide a date for the Imhoffs to move out.

The house, which sits to the east of the main campus facing U.S. 45, is owned by the college and is provided as a perk for the president. As Imhoff is still under contract, use of the house remains part of the package, according to Butler.

Residing in the presidential home is not a requirement. Winters, who lives in Murray, plans to remain in his current home and commute. After the Imhoffs leave, the home will likely stay empty until another interim president is selected, Butler said.

He said the college is still in the beginning stages of the search for a new president. When Winters accepted the acting presidency in February, he emphasized that the position would be temporary. The college will then select an interim president, who could serve for up to one year, while school officials conduct a national search for the next leader.

Both Imhoffs remain on the Mid-Continent payroll but are not involved in daily operations. Butler said they have been available to answer questions throughout the transition, but have officially stepped aside.

The Board of Trustees approved Robert Imhoff's departure and Winters as his replacement during a Feb. 24 meeting. Imhoff had volunteered to step aside earlier that week, and Jackie Imhoff left her position as vice president of nontraditional and adult program operations not long afterward. She has since been replaced by Mid-Continent Vice President of Academic Affairs Debra Hudson.

Robert Imhoff, in the capacity as president, is the only employee on a multi-year contract, which continues  through 2015. Jackie Imhoff is an at-will, salaried employee whose agreement would end in June. The board set her salary because of the conflict of interest with Robert Imhoff, who as president would set all employee compensation. The board discussed personnel issues during its last meeting on March 1 but didn't act.

The school awaits the U.S. Department of Education's response to a fourth round of student academic and financial aid paperwork. The previous three bundles of documentation were rejected because of flaws in the paperwork, resulting in about $9 million withheld by the federal government in student grant and loan funds. Winters said he hopes to receive a decision from the department in the coming week.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is May 17, but could be sooner if necessary, Butler said.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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