Days of wine and roses: State agencies probe lavish spending by university president

As two state agencies begin scrutinizing the Western New Mexico University president’s spending on international travel, extravagant purchases and sojourns at five-star resorts, a review of financial records and interviews with current and former employees now suggest those expenses were just the tip of the iceberg.

Joseph Shepard’s spending has also been lavished on costly wine, $111,000 in floral arrangements and more than $123,000 in checks made out to himself in just the last five years.

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