Kaler calls for more financial oversight in Athletics

An internal audit into the departments spending was released on Tuesday.

by Nick Wicker

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has called for more financial oversight in the school’s Athletics Department after the release of an internal audit on Tuesday revealed misuse of school funds.

The findings of a third party investigation into sexual harassment allegations within the department were released alongside the internal audit, which showed misspending by department administrators including former Athletics Director Norwood Teague.

Kaler’s suggestions call for University officials to better-monitor sexual harassment policies, expenditures and hiring practices in the department, according to a press release.

School administrators will report on their progress applying Kaler’s recommendations to the Board of Regents on Jan 19.

“The implementation steps will help reinforce a culture that reflects and promotes our values against sexual harassment and assault within Athletics and across the University,” Kaler said Friday in the release. “Next steps will also improve compliance, accountability and stewardship in Athletics finances.”

Kaler also recommended creating a group to oversee purchases in the future, chaired by Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter.

Regent Darrin Rosha, who said at Tuesday’s meeting the University should look into ways of penalize those who misspend school money, said he was impressed by Kaler’s recommendations.

At Friday’s meeting with regents, Kaler was receptive to the idea of considering termination for those who spend University money without following the proper procedures, Rosha said.