Newspaper: Audits Found Policy Violations at Kennesaw State

ATLANTA ― Georgia University System auditors have found breaches in conflict-of-interest and ethics policies by some officials at Kennesaw State University, according to an Atlanta newspaper.

An audit report said Randall Shelton, Kennesaw State’s administrator over dining halls and food services vendors, did consulting work for one of the school’s current vendors and charged the university for trips to conferences on the company’s behalf, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The newspaper also reported that the audit found Shelton used his position to get family and friends hired and authorized a former school employee to use a vendor’s truck for moving personal belongings.

A university spokesman declined to comment to the newspaper Monday on personnel matters, including whether Shelton is still employed. The Associated Press was unable Tuesday to reach Shelton at the office phone and email in the school’s directory.

The spokesman did say that the audit has been referred to the state attorney general’s office.

University system auditors received one complaint against Shelton in November and a second in January.

Kennesaw State officials have 30 days to respond to the draft audit. That response will be included in the final audit report.

The newspaper also reported recently on another audit that said outgoing Kennesaw State president Dan Papp violated state university system compensation policies involving deferred compensation. The report found no legal wrongdoing.

Papp plans to retire June 30 after 10 years as the university’s president.