Angela Kennecke reports that the South Dakota Board of Regents spent $156,000 on their search for a new president. Evidently those expense included “Travel to meetings, interviews, and the announcement of the new president,” including “use of the State plane for regents, staff and members of the search committee.”
Hold on a moment: our public universities are pioneering the world of distance education, but when they want to get search committee members together, they have to fly an airplane around the state instead of turning on Skype?
Apparently the Regents also had to rent the SDSU Performing Arts Center to host the announcement of their pick of ag dean Barry Dunn to replace outgoing president David Chicoine. Maybe my SDSU friends can help me out here, but how do the Regents have to spend any money to rent a facility they control?
Just wait—next we’ll find out the Regents used GEAR UP money to buy the hors d’œuvres….