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Former University System Lawyer Alleges Cover-Ups And Intimidation In Filing

Former University System Lawyer Alleges Cover-Ups And Intimidation In Filing

Currently North Dakota lawmakers are debating legislation which would move control of the North Dakota University System’s lawyers from the university system to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office (a bill to similarly move the NDUS auditors to the State Auditor’s Office has already passed). Lawmakers may want to consider some recent events as they make

"Setting The Record Straight" Should Mean You're Going To Tell The Truth

State Board of Higher Education President Terry Hjelmstad seem to be in pushback mode. Last week he was going after students upset with how some of the state’s universities are approaching tuition hikes. This weekend Hjelmstad was “setting the record straight” on the university system’s many, many open meeting and open records law violations. The

Why The University System Needs To Lose Control Of Their Lawyers And Auditors

Before the state Legislature convened for the crossover break, the House passed a university system budget that trimmed Governor Jack Dalrymple’s proposed spending increase and included a number of reforms for how the universities are governed. Among them, the budget moves the universities lawyers and auditors to the control of the Attorney General and State Auditor

North Dakota House Takes Lawyers, Auditors Away From The University System

Over the last several months the North Dakota University System has had a nasty situation involving one of their former top lawyers, compliance officer Kirsten Franzen, and their former top auditor, Timothy Carlson. I say former for each because they were both fired. Carlson for allegedly lying on his resume to get hired, and Franzen

University System Won't Investigate Disparaging Comments About Auditor's Age

Yesterday the State Board of Higher Education met, and in addition to selecting Terry Hjelmstad to serve as their new president, they finally dealt with their auditor problem which dates back to before Thanksgiving. In early November NDUS Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson was notified by Chief of Staff Murray Sagsveen that he was being placed

NDUS Vice Chancellor Accused Of Manipulating Hiring Process For Auditor

Back in November I reported that two of the North Dakota University System’s top accountability personnel – Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson and Compliance Officer Kirsten Franzen – had been placed on administrative leave pending termination. Carlson was accused of being less than truthful on his resume, and Franzen was accused of (among other things) tipping

Higher Ed Staff Say They Have "Fear Of Retaliation" For Correcting Illegal Practices

As two top accountability officers in the North Dakota University System say they’re being pushed out of their jobs for promoting new transparency standards a survey (see below) of university system employees shows many of them feel bullied and intimidated. The survey was administered by the Core Technology Services/System Office Staff Senate, and university system employees were

University System Removes Termination For Auditor, Compliance Officer From Agenda

Last night the North Dakota University System filed an updated agenda for the November 20th (tomorrow) meeting of the State Board of Higher Education. On the original agenda (I wish I’d kept a copy) was a line item to address the terminations of NDUS Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson and Chief Compliance Officer Kirsten Franzen. If

University System Fired Compliance Officer In Part Because Of Supposed Leak To SAB

Last week I wrote about the North Dakota University System pushing to fire two of their top accountability officers. Chief Auditor Tim Carlson and Chief Compliance Officer Kirsten Franzen have both put on leave pending termination with university system officials claiming that Carlson’s resume contained inaccuracies while Franzen wasn’t doing her job. Today I obtained

Why The Story From The University System's Top Auditor Is Credible

Yesterday I wrote a post about the North Dakota University System pushing out two of their top accountability personnel. Namely, Chief Auditor Timothy Carlson (pictured above) and Compliance Officer Kirsten Franzen. Today, in the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to make sure I presented the university system’s case for putting both Franzen and Carlson

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