Embattled Missouri State provost steps down

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | 10:38 a.m. CDT; updated 3:14 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

SPRINGFIELD — After months of scrutiny and criticism, Missouri State University provost Belinda McCarthy is resigning as the school's top academic officer.

The university announced Tuesday that McCarthy will remain with the school, joining the faculty Aug. 1 as part of its student affairs program.

The resignation comes several weeks after the Springfield News-Leader reported on both an audit of McCarthy's travel and dissatisfaction over the reassignment of an administrator in her office.

The audit questioned the purpose of two university-paid trips McCarthy took to Ghana and Puerto Rico.

She also was criticized for reassigning Frank Einhellig, the long-time dean of the graduate college. The university's faculty senate approved a resolution censuring McCarthy for apparent favoritism to certain people and "the appearance of unethical leadership."