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Senators Dockery and Fasano call for audit of USF Poly



Citing the anonymous letter Sen. Paula Dockery received earlier this week and a St. Petersburg Times story published on Wednesday, Dockery and Sen. Mike Fasano this morning called on the University of South Florida to investigate USF Polytechnic's expenditures.

The two state leaders, who have voiced concerns about USF Poly's quest to split off and become its own independent university, told USF President Judy Genshaft in a letter (attached) that "Many in Polk County and elsewhere are having second thoughts about an independent Polytechnic." They forwarded the letter to State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan, too.

Included was the letter sent to Dockery by an anonymous student, which listed a number of accusations against USF Poly leader Marshall Goodman -- notably, that he misused campus funds "for some of his personal follies."

"We certainly hope this is not true," Dockery and Fasano's letter says.

One of the charges in the anonymous letter holds water -- Goodman's son is employed by USF Poly to run the school's business incubator program in Polk County. A story in today's Times details the hire and USF Poly's explanation of it.

Dockery and Fasano included another Times story in their message to Genshaft: an account of how USF Poly pledged to spend half a million dollars on a promotional documentary about the new campus's construction.

"We sincerely urge that you fully investigate ("audit") USF Polytechnic expenditures to determine whether the accusations of the students are valid," the senators wrote, "and whether or not Dr. Goodman is using good judgment in utilizing tax payer dollars to produce a half million dollar video."


[Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:43am]


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