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Wright State President Cheryl Schrader is set to retire Dec. 31. Sue Edwards
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In January, Wright State Provost Sue Edwards will officially become the university’s next president. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Edwards assuming the post over the weekend.

She’ll succeed President Cheryl Schrader, who’s set to retire Dec. 31.

A spokesman for the university says information on next steps for the Board and Edwards to work out details of her contract are expected soon.

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Wright State University has confirmed Provost and Executive Vice President Sue Edwards is assuming some presidential duties after current president Cheryl Schrader’s departure announcement last week.

Schrader plans to vacate her position at the end of this year, more than two years into her five-year contract, and Edwards takes the helm amid ongoing student enrollment challenges for Wright State.

Doug Fecher, vice chair, Wright State University Board of Trustees. Fecher is also president and CEO of Wright-Patt Credit Union
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During a Friday meeting, Wright State University’s Board of Trustees brainstormed new ways to boost enrollment as part of the board's continued efforts to shore up the school’s finances.

The university is projecting another budget surplus this year, for a second year in a row. 

Wright State is expected to add another $5.8 million to its reserve fund this year. This means the school is unlikely to be placed under state fiscal watch.

Board Chairman Doug Fecher says, while that’s good news, they’re not out of the woods yet.

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Ohio Higher Education officials will review the results a faculty no-confidence vote against Wright State’s Board of Trustees. On Monday, members of Wright State’s faculty approved the no-confidence action by a wide margin. The vote is an appeal for assistance by the faculty to the governor’s office.

More than half of Wright State’s faculty members weighed in, with 87 percent voting no confidence in the Board of Trustees.

No-confidence votes are largely symbolic, according to Sean McKinniss, a researcher who specializes in university governance.

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Wright State University’s faculty union has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money. Organizers say any donations raised during the fundraising campaign will reimburse union members for pay they lost during Wright State’s recent strike. The so-called AAUP-WSU Strike Fund has a goal of raising $500,000.

Wright State University student union
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Wright State University’s faculty union resumed picketing this week after weekend negotiations failed to reach a deal. The strike has so far lasted more than two weeks with no word yet on when contract negotiations could resume.  

Despite reassurances from Wright State administration officials, who maintain they're working to minimize disruptions on campus, many Wright State students are reporting frustration over disruptions to their classes.

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The Wright State Faculty union, the American Association of University Professors, has filed a 10-day notice to strike after the university administration issued what it called its “last, best” contract offer on Friday.

The AAUP-WSU union’s move to strike is the culmination of nearly two years of failed negotiations.

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Wright State University Friday announced an agreement officials say resolves a federal investigation into alleged violations of the federal H-1B work visa program.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wright State will pay the federal government a total of $1 million in three installments over the next two years.

In a statement, Wright State officials say the total payment will not, “have any impact on Wright State’s FY19 budget or reduce the $10.1 million FY18 surplus.”

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A top former official at Wright State University has officially been fired after previously being on paid leave for more than three years. The provost’s termination is related to an ongoing probe into alleged violations of a federal temporary work-visa program.

Officials placed former provost Sundaram Narayanan on paid leave in 2015 after a federal investigation was launched into alleged immigration-law violations.