President Repays University for Flying Wife to Campus

March 14, 2009

John Baldwin, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, has repaid Texas Tech $15,404 for flying his wife, who lives in New York City, to Texas for university events, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported. Baldwin also repaid $2,000 for Town Car service for his wife to and from New York City airports, and $1,804 for his membership in the Harvard Club in New York City -- also expenses he had billed to the university. Texas Tech officials said that they appreciated the help of Baldwin's wife at Texas Tech events, but that university policy bars the spending of institutional funds on event travel to campus for spouses who live in other cities. The expenses surfaced in an audit ordered by regents in response to the need to economize in light of the recession.

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