The Legislative Audit Council has released its audit of South Carolina State University’s expenditures for the construction of the James E. Clyburn Transportation Center. The LAC reports it found no evidence of missing funds.
The agency agreed to conduct the audit at the request of 10 state lawmakers following 12 years of delays in the construction of the center and allegations of millions in missing funds. South Carolina State officials have long contended that there were no missing funds.
The LAC did find that there were “questionable expenditure” of funds and that the university has identified only $27 million of the $107 million needed to complete the center. The school has begun work on the center and has exposed the institution to future financial obligations. The LAC further reports that the school does not have a viable plan to raise the $80-plus million needed to complete the center. $24 million has been either designated so far for programs or spent on academic research, faculty scholarships, grants, and faculty salaries.
The report states that construction delays have been caused by a lack of proper oversight and inexperience, and insufficient staff. Agency documents indicate that, even with full funding, the center would not be completed until 2020.