Expense Account Adultery

Expense Account Adultery

Today’s Government Executive Tip: Travel expenses for adulterous trysts are not reimbursable.

San Diego State University Athletic Director Jeff Schemmel resigned yesterday after being cited for “improper use of state funds.” In January, Mr. Schemmel traveled to the resort city of Point Clear, Alabama for a romantic interlude with Carolyn Lineberger. The two are married, but not to each other.

Mr.  Schemmel, who earned $257,000 annually at SDSU, claimed $460 in reimbursements on his university expense account for the adulterous excursion. The university punished the disgraced executive by paying him $116,000 and forgiving a $20,000 home loan payment, apparently drawn on some kind of non-governmental Athletic Department slush fund.

Previous to his employment at SDSU, Mr.Schemmel was Associate Commissioner for Governance and Legal Affairs at Conference USA , Associate Athletic Director at Kansas State, and Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Minnesota. His tenure at Minnesota was marked by academic fraud in the men’s basketball program, but Mr. Schemmel was cleared of fraud charges, merely held responsible for the “lack of institutional control” than enabled it.

The mission of the Athletic Department at San Diego State University includes “serving the university community … through success and distinction within an environment of uncompromising integrity.”  

Go Aztecs!

Hat tip: InsideHigherEd.com

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