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Apr 16, 2016 07:48 AM EDT

Lake Michigan College President May Be Fired For Improper Spending, Poor Management


Lake Michigan College President Jennifer Spielvogel has been suspended last week for improper spending of funds and poor school management. Additionally, she has also been accused of policy violations and improper behavior. She may face termination soon when the accusations have been proven.

Jennifer Spielvogel was a former Cuyahoga Community College administrator, who became Lake Michigan College's president in January. She was suspended by the college's board of trustees, according to a special board meeting minutes, notes.

"The Board explained that it believes just cause may exist to support the termination based upon the following factors: inadequate goals and objectives, unapproved and unauthorized costs expensed to the college, policy violations, renovations to the president's office, her planned inauguration, purchase of a chain of office medallion, improper management behavior, improper comments, and lack of professionalism," the minutes of the special meeting said.

The board and officials were previously pleased that Spielvogel was addressed as the college's president. However, the accusations against the suspended president proved otherwise. CBS Local shares that Spielvogel will have a hearing on May 6 with the board of trustees.

Spielvogel's attorney, Bradley Glazier, spoke with the South Bend Tribune to address the issue of improper spending. Spielvogel has been accused of questionable medallion purchase and office renovations.

"She was acting within her discretion to order those things," Glazier told the outlet. "Instead of denying the expense items or reviewing the college's travel expense policy, the board appears poised to terminate Dr. Spielvogel's employment."

Spielvogel is currently suspended with pay. The Lake Michigan College will be paying the former president until the end of her contract on June 30, 2018 if she is terminated without "just cause."

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