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K-State president and athletic director answer questions about audit

KSU President Kirk Schulz and Athletic Director John Currie held a forum to answer faculty and student questions and 49 News Manhattan Bureau Reporter Lindsey Elliott explains how they say they’re going to restore some financial credibility to the University.

June 30, 2009

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A week ago, Kansas State released an audit of the President’s Office, Athletics Department, KSU Foundation and Alumni Association, but that audit has many K-Staters asking questions.

K-State President Kirk Schulz and Athletic Director John Currie held a forum for K-State faculty, staff, alumni and students.

One faculty member said one thing that angered him was the secret contract with former K-State football coach Ron Prince.

While Schulz and Currie say attorneys are asking them not to comment on the secret contract, they did answer all the other questions the audience had.

Like will the university give out any other personal loans, like the $500,000 loan given to former Athletic Director Tim Weiser.

"We will never do another personal, individual loan again," Schulz said. "I think its bad practice and I can tell you that’s not gonna happen."

Currie says the athletic department is also looking over expenses with detail. For example, he says the university was going to buy hundreds of high school roster books for the whole department.

"I personally saw that we were going to spend $10,000 dollars on books," he said about reviewing the expenditures.

Now they’re only ordering it for staff that needs them, cutting the cost to about $4,000 dollars.

The budget was also an issue.

When asked how he would keep tuition low, Schulz joked about printing money.

"I’m going to buy a color printer that will print off money," he said.

The audience laughed and Schulz got serious by explaining the university is going to focus more on private funding and better budgeting so they’re not relying on the decreasing amount of state funding.

"We’re going to have to be taking a more private style university atmosphere if we’re gonna be successful in the future," Schulz said.

K-State faculty and staff left the forum feeling pleased.

"I think it went very well," Dean of the College of Business Administration Yar M. Ebadi said.

He says he looks forward to the new administration’s open style of communicating.

"It is always my opinion that the more transparent, the more open you are, the stronger the plan will be," he said.

Schulz says they plan on having forums every semester as well as blogging and emailing K-Staters.

He says he has already received about 350 e-mails since the audit was released and says he's still working on answering them all.

Comments

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 2 months ago

Wow. What a hole to dig out of. At least they now appear to be trying to be honest.

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kusp8 5 years, 2 months ago

" "It is always my opinion that the more transparent, the more open you are, the stronger the plan will be," he said.

Schulz says they plan on having forums every semester as well as blogging and emailing K-Staters. "

Now where have I heard that before.....haha.

Anyways, kudos to K-State for trying to be more open. I can't wait to see what is in the audit for KU.

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Thats_messed_up 5 years, 2 months ago

Can't wait to switch to AT&T U-Verse!

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