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Work continues on KU audit

June 22, 2009

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— An audit of Kansas University, being done as part of the changing of the guard at KU, is still under way, a higher education official said Monday.

Kip Peterson, a spokesman for the Kansas Board of Regents, said Monday that so-called exit analysis of KU was still being prepared, and that he didn’t have a sense on when it would be completed.

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, who is stepping down at the end of this month, will be replaced by new Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who will take over Aug. 15.

A similar exit report done about Kansas State University has rocked the state’s higher education community. Retiring KSU president Jon Wefald is being replaced with Kirk Schulz.

The report, released by the regents on Friday, showed numerous questionable transactions by high level KSU officials involving the Athletics Department, Alumni Association, golf course and a business incubator.

On Monday, Dan Lykins of Topeka, a KSU alum and member of the regents, said the regents may need to conduct these audits more frequently, instead of waiting until there is a change in leadership at the regents universities.

“I think this would be good for all universities,” Lykins said.

Lykins said the revelations at K-State hurt, but he called on KSU alums to remain committed to the school.

He said it’s like when a family member makes a mistake.

“It doesn’t mean you stop loving your family,” he said.

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