Kansas University will begin a search for a new director of internal audit in the fall after the previous director resigned earlier this year.
Don Holland had served as director of internal audit since May 2008 before resigning effective May 2. According to an agreement he made with KU, the university will continue to pay Holland his full salary, based on an annual rate of $113,000 per year, through Sept. 30 or whenever he finds a new job, whichever comes first.
University leaders also agreed to provide positive job recommendations for him in the audit.
During that time, he has agreed to be available for consulting as needed, though the agreement states that he is not to be otherwise involved in university operations.
When he first arrived in the office, its budget allowed for six auditors on the staff. Today, that number is down to one. Brenda Muirhead, who was hired in the wake of a ticket scalping conspiracy at Kansas Athletics, is the only remaining auditor in the office.
Jack Martin, a KU spokesman, said she oversees athletics affairs and contributes to other audits at the university.
KU has a contract with Protiviti, a financial consulting company with an office in Overland Park, to provide supplemental internal audit services at $150 per hour.
Martin said Holland initiated the contract to expand the university’s reach to a broader skill set.
A search committee will be formed in the fall to bring on a new director of the office, who will have leeway to assess the office’s staffing levels and address them as he or she sees fit, Martin said.