By Shelby Brown–
Anger over the U of L Foundation audit extended the June 12 staff senate meeting by an hour as each discussion led back to the shocking report released June 8.
“It was really disturbing to me to read the audit report’s findings of $1.7 million in additional payments to select employees while we have gone without raises,” Senator Wendy Metcalf said.
Secretary Treasurer Sabrina Haug pointed out the fault rests with the prior administration. She said change and an opportunity would come this year to “rebuild broken trust.”
The audit revealed deceitful actions by former president James Ramsey and his administration. It reported excessive spending, poor investments, deliberate attempts to hide information from the media and more than $20 million in bonuses paid to Ramsey and other administrators over the past decade by the foundation.
Senator Alex McWilliams said the senate should sue. “As a body, we need to ensure… that this (the audit) is not quietly put to sleep,” he said.
“Every single individual mentioned in the cliff notes or the unabridged volume are held accountable not only legally but morally for every transgression that they have committed,” McWilliams said “If there is a legal path to take against any one of these individuals it should be explored to the fullest extent that we can.”
McWilliams suggested there be reparations to the university, calling the actions of the previous administration “artful concealment.”
“We cannot afford to go through life as though, ‘that’s our leader, let’s just do it, don’t ask questions, don’t push the envelope,’” Senator…
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