University president authorizes special audit of his own spending

Western New Mexico University President Joseph Shepard requested a special audit overseen by the state, said Mario Sanchez, a spokesman for Western. Sanchez said the company and scope of the audit are being determined in collaboration with the Office of the State Auditor. Publicly funded Western will bear the expense.

State Sen. Siah Correa Hemphill, D-Silver City, said she’s been contacted by constituents unhappy with Western’s practices. During a legislative hearing this week, Correa Hemphill questioned Shepard about his airline and hotel accommodations when he visited Greece, Zambia and other distant lands in hopes of recruiting students.

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