UH waits for audit in athletics spending controversy

UH Foundation relies on university approval process

Published  10:28 AM HST Oct 12, 2012

The University of Hawaii Foundation will wait for the results of an internal audit of the Manoa athletics department before it decides on additional safeguards for how donor money is spent.

The spending reports of former athletics director Jim Donovan revealed that some of the reimbursement requests were rejected because they were inappropriate or exceeded what was granted for per diem travel expenses.

The foundation did approve a gift of champagne to Honolulu Star-Advertiser publisher Dennis Francis.

And, in another thank you dinner with Francis for being a corporate sponsor, the tab at Alan Wong's restaurant was $700 for four.

The foundation only reimbursed $500 which covered meals and only one bottle of wine.

"We found it difficult to establish an alcohol policy that would work in every situation, so we rely heavily on the university unit and the fact that they have their own approval process from the director all the way up to the chancellor to make the right decision, to make the right judgement on the alcohol," said UH Foundation CFO Bill King.

King says UH has several layers of control in the chancellor's office and travel office to help with the oversight.

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