Report: Clemson University spent $14.8 million in travel-related losses during final bill year

Clemson University spent $14.8 million on travel-related losses during a bill year that finished Jun 30, that is some-more than any other state agency, according to a new report.

Clemson’s losses enclosed $9 million for out-state transport and $2.63 million for in-state travel. The university also spent roughly $1.9 million for in-state and out-of-state registration fees, as good as scarcely $1.5 million for non-state worker transport expenses. The total were enclosed in annual transport news gathered by state Comptroller Richard Eckstrom.

The volume that Clemson spent on travel-related losses in a final bill year represented an 8 percent boost over a $13.7 million in transport losses during a 2015-2016 bill year.

University mouthpiece Robin Denny released a matter on a transport expenses.

“Clemson University expends supports for worker transport to accommodate and raise a education, investigate and open services missions,” a matter read.

“Additionally, it is a land-grant university with a open use goal that spans a state, contributing to aloft transport losses that other state agencies,” according to a statement. “Clemson has prolongation offices that offer all 46 counties, and vital investigate centers and creation campuses opposite a state that concentration on mercantile development-related initiatives.”

During a final bill year, 8 of a university’s tip 10 travelers in terms of losses were jaunty coaches. University President Jim Clements ranked third among a university’s travelers in terms of losses and Professor Ganesh K. Venayagamoorthy ranked 10th. 

“Several coaches are among a tip travelers, and their transport losses are paid by jaunty revenues,” a university matter noted. “The president’s transport is saved by self-generated university revenues. No state appropriations are used.”

As in prior years, Clemson was followed by a University of South Carolina and a Medical University of South Carolina as a state agencies with a tip travel-related expenses. The University of South Carolina had $12.6 million in transport losses during a final bill year and a Medical University of South Carolina spent $7.3 million on transport expenses.

Overall, state agencies spent $81.1 million on transport during a final bill year, a 7.6 percent boost over a prior year, according to Eckstrom’s report, that was released Wednesday. The state’s ubiquitous account revenues increasing 4.5 percent during a same period.

“Producing this news is one approach to gleam light on a bureaucratic activity that ought to be frequently examined to safeguard that transport is necessary, reasonable, and serves a legitimate open purpose,” Eckstrom pronounced in a matter released by his office.

“Government serves a best interests of taxpayers by tying transport to usually a essentials,” he said. “All agencies need to cruise a tangible advantage they accept when spending open income on transport and afterwards import that advantage opposite a cost.”

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Clemson University’s tip travelers

Name       Position      Total transport losses in bill year finale Jun 30, 2017

Brent Venables  football defensive coordinator                                    $112,830
Tony Elliott         football offensive co-coordinator                                  $89,068
Jim Clements   university president                                                       $87,944
Dabo Swinney    conduct football coach                                                     $77,317
Brandon Streeter  football quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator    $77,308
Brad Brownell      conduct basketball coach                                                $76,006
Dan Radakovich    jaunty director                                                          $74,359
Jeff Scott              football offensive co-coordinator                                 $71,242
Robert Caldwell    football descent linemen partner coach                 $66,785
Ganesh K. Venayagamoorthy     professor                                              $57,657

Source: State Comptroller Richard Eckstrom’s annual state transport report.

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