- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—RALEIGH — A report by the N.C. Office of the State Auditor released Tuesday criticizes actions by former Cape Fear Community College president Ted Spring.

In the report, the state auditor found Spring gave raises and promotions without board approval, used vending funds for personal expenditures and was reimbursed for mileage above actual out-of-pocket expenditures.

Recommendations for corrective action were also provided to the school’s Board of Trustees as part of the report.

Those include thorough orientation on policies of the college and training on proper procedures to follow in the performance of the president’s duties; that the board should adopt policies and procedures for appropriate use of vending funds; the college should adopt a policy that appropriately reimburses out-of-pocket expenses for a leased vehicle; and the college should consult legal counsel to determine if it should pursue legal action to recover misappropriated funds.

Spring resigned Jan. 22, during the board of trustees meeting. On March 4, he announced that he would rescind his resignation and demand reinstatement. On March 27, Spring filed a suit against the school, alleging a breach of contract and deprivation of civil rights.

Check back later for more on this developing story.

Contact Hannah DelaCourt at 910-343-2075 or [email protected]

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