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Published May 13, 2010, 09:12 AM

University Buildings Audit

North Dakota lawmakers blasted higher education officials for a report critical of spending on university building projects.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota lawmakers blasted higher education officials for a report critical of spending on university building projects.

The audit focused on three major projects at North Dakota State University, including a new president's house that was authorized for $900,000 and cost at least $1.6 million. Three university officials have resigned over the controversy.

Members of the legislative audit and fiscal review committee said Wednesday that higher education officials did a poor job of controlling spending, and scoffed at the idea of a new position to monitor building projects.

State Board of Higher Education member Claus Lembke told lawmakers that some decisions were based on fear of powerful university foundations, but said his group is "no longer a rubber stamp board."

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