Today, the Chronicle‘s Matthew Tresaugue continues his solid reporting on financial irregularities in the Texas Southern University president’s office:
Texas Southern University President Priscilla Slade charged the school more than $94,000 for travel, meals, event tickets and other expenses last year, nearly twice the annual limit allowed under her contract, records show.
Billing statements from Slade’s three university-issued credit cards, released to the Houston Chronicle this week under the Texas Public Information Act, did not include all of the costs for airfare to destinations as far away as Beijing and as near as Austin.
Whether the travel and entertainment expenses are in conflict with her contract is the latest question about Slade’s spending, an issue that has spurred an internal inquiry and questions from local law enforcement officials.
Slade declined to comment through a spokeswoman, Winifred King, who cited the university’s ongoing investigation for the president’s silence. Board chairman J. Paul Johnson also would not comment.
Sudden Mute Syndrome (SMS) seems to be spreading among Houston’s public and quasi-public officials of late.