Minnesota CIO Resigned Amid Allegations

September 14, 2015

Scott Studham, whose resignation as CIO of the University of Minnesota last month surprised many, quit amid allegations of misconduct, The Star Tribune reported. No explanation of Studham's departure was given until Friday, when university officials said they had received several reports of Studham's misconduct, such as hiring friends for jobs and spending university funds on personal expenses. The university has conducted an initial review but not a full investigation. Still, President Eric Kaler requested Studham's resignation.

Studham has denied any wrongdoing. In a statement he released Friday, he said the allegations are “based on rumors, misunderstandings or -- in a couple of cases -- an honest mistake on my part like failing to properly record a vacation day…. I’m confident that, if any of these allegations had proceeded beyond the preliminary phase, they would have been resolved favorably.”

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