Gov. Nikki Haley wants members of the board of trustees the Medical University of South Carolina to pay for expensive meals and hotel stays during their meetings.
The Post and Courier reports the governor’s spokeswoman indicated Haley already requested that her appointee on the board Dr. Harold Jablon to repay more than $20,000 he was reimbursed for meals, wine and luxury hotel rooms.
According to the newspaper, Jablon has agreed to repay his share. Haley wants other board members to do the same. She is technically chairwoman ex officio of the board, but followed the precedent of previous governors who appointed a private citizen to represent them.
The governor’s actions came after the Post & Courier reported last month that the MUSC board had been reimbursed about $560,000 by MUSC since 2011 to attend board meetings, largely for hotel rooms and food. The article led the state Commission on Higher Education to request an audit of how MUSC, Clemson University and the University of South Carolina reimburse their trustees.
MUSC Chairman Donald Johnson said the board has agreed to order its own spending review, which will recommend any policy changes for the board to consider in October.