James Erwin Cofer, Sr. , is a former president of both Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana.He served as the tenth president of Missouri State University and eight years previously at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. His tenure at Missouri State came during a difficult economic period. According to Missouri State's official account of his presidency, Cofer "opened up the budget process, balanced the budget without cutting the academic departments even in light of the state appropriation reductions, gave equity raises to 40 percent of the faculty and started the process of raising the pay grades and salaries for staff. The new long-range plan, Fulfilling Our Promise, was successfully completed under his watch. He also initiated a review of the General Education Curriculum, expanded the campus’s thinking about ways in which to offer courses and he pushed for greater emphasis on student learning outcomes."<http://www.missouristate.edu/president/cofer.htm 5> Cofer resigned after eleven months as president because of what he called "the rigors of the schedule.". After a twelve-month sabbatical, Cofer was eventually reassigned to the faculty in the College of Business at a salary of $165,000 per year. He received a Fulbright scholarship for the 2014–2015 academic year.Source: Wikipedia
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