Wright State University president David Hopkins abruptly resigned on Friday, months before his planned retirement, because of the university's budget crisis.
Hopkins cited the university's "substantial undertaking to bring our budget into alignment with our revenues," in an email to faculty, staff and students. He declined to be interviewed. Wright State had 23 layoffs last year and more are expected to be announced in April. The university needs to cut 27 million dollars from its budget for fiscal year 2018 and Hopkins ordered a hiring freeze in February. Curtis McCray will serve as interim president beginning Monday. Incoming president Cheryl Schrader takes office on July 1.