Board terminates contract of Michigan school’s president

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The board of a college in southwestern Michigan has voted to terminate the contract of the school’s new president because of unapproved spending and improper management.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph and WSJM-AM report the decision about Jennifer Spielvogel followed a hearing Thursday at Lake Michigan College, near Benton Harbor. Trustees cited policy violations, a lack of professionalism and more than $20,000 in unauthorized costs.

Spielvogel says she was targeted after trying to address financial aid compliance issues at the school. She says the board didn’t have “the desire to support my success.”

Spielvogel last month was suspended with pay. She started in January after working at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

The board scheduled a May 16 meeting to determine its next steps. Lake Michigan College offers associate degrees.

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