Agency wants spending by 3 college boards to be audited

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Commission on Higher Education wants South Carolina’s inspector general to review “alleged excessive spending” by the boards overseeing the state’s three research universities.

Commission director Gary Glenn said the inspector general’s office will be asked Friday to investigate the governing boards of the Medical University of South Carolina, Clemson and the University of South Carolina.

The commission voted unanimously Thursday to make the request. It followed The Post and Courier of Charleston’s report that MUSC board members were reimbursed $560,000 over five years for spending on luxury hotels, dining and alcohol while in Charleston for meetings.

Commission Chairman Tim Hofferth says the newspaper’s report comes amid skyrocketing college costs, and it’s the commission’s responsibility to protect South Carolina’s students, families and taxpayers.

It’s unclear what the agency could do.

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