NDSCS President Disputes Audit, Says College Followed Policies And State Law

A report from the state auditor's office found that the college in Wahpeton has engaged in inappropriate activities

WAHPETON, ND — NDSCS President John Richman says he wasn’t given an opportunity to respond to many of an audit’s findings prior to its release and he disagrees with many of its conclusions.

A report from the state auditor’s office found that the college in Wahpeton has engaged in inappropriate activities surrounding its Career Workforce Academy.

The performance audit also found that the academy is not meeting its goals and overstating program results.

Richman says he’s confident NDSCS followed the policies of the board of higher education and state law.

A conflict of interest was also found between Fargo City Commissioner Tony Grindberg and his wife.

Grindberg works for the college while his wife works for Flint Group, a Fargo advertising company.

The report says the company was paid tens of thousands of dollars to come up with a strategic plan at the college.

State Auditor Josh Gallion says the activities uncovered in the audit are concerning and the report points to several changes that must be made at NDSCS to get back on track.

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