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Published May 25, 2010, 10:52 PM

Former Prosecutor Will Investigate Spending on NDSU and UND Projects

The state Board of Higher Education has hired a former federal prosecutor to lead an investigation into spending on some university projects.

David Peterson, who worked in the U.S. attorney's office in Bismarck, will head the probe.

A report released earlier this month by the state auditor's office criticized spending on college buildings, including the new president's house at North Dakota State University that went more than 1-and-a-half million dollars over budget and cost three school officials their jobs.

The audit also found noncompliance with laws, policies and procedures.

The investigation will look into four projects at NDSU, including the president's house, and one project at UND, the renovation of Twamley Hall...including the president's office remodeling.

The scope of the work will include identifying people involved with circumventing laws and policies.