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Published June 11, 2010, 06:07 PM

Higher Education Committee Caps Future Projects

The Higher Education Committee met today to talk about a state auditor's report finding violations of state law and board policy in projects at NDSU and UND.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

The Higher Education Committee met today to talk about a state auditor's report finding violations of state law and board policy in projects at NDSU and UND.

In particular, it had to do with the new president's houses at the universities. State Representative Lois Delmore said the Higher Education Committee is now putting a cap on university building projects.

The Higher Education Committee had finances on their minds when they met in Bismarck today.

" It's still the same problem we looked at with the two president's houses and it hasn't quite gone away," said Delmore.

Representative Delmore said the committee looked at the audits of NDSU and UND because both had building projects that went over budget.

" There was no action we took against the two universities, but the Board of Higher Education was there and gave reassurance that presidents will be told no and that foundations would no longer be building buildings," Delmore said.

According to reports the NDSU house was budgeted at $900,000 and cost over $2 million. These findings led to the resignation of NDSU president Joseph Chapman and other NDSU officials.

" I don't know that there's one person you can blame for either one. They certainly weren't the people that are actively there now."

UND officials say they're going to learn from the mistake, and they're moving forward. Delmore agreed.

"We put a cap of $250,000 and anything over that they have to have legislative approval."

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