Education

Former fundraisers at UNC spent thousands on 'questioned' expenses

Posted November 1, 2012 10:11 p.m. EDT
Updated November 1, 2012 11:25 p.m. EDT

— Financial records released Thursday by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill detailed dozens of unallowable charges by former administrator Matt Kupec and former fundraiser Tami Hansbrough, including dozens of trips and meals. 

The 1,100-page release, which was a part of an audit of Kupec's travel and spending, had dozens of purchases listed under a table labeled "Questioned Costs." Some of the expenses included trips to places like New Orleans, Nags Head, N.C. and New York. 

Kupec, who formerly served as vice chancellor for advancement, resigned in September after the university began auditing his travel. Hansbrough, a fundraiser and the mother of former basketball star Tyler Hansbrough, said she was forced to resign two days after Kupec.

Sources have told WRAL News that the pair are dating.

Airfare to beaches in North Carolina totaled nearly $2,000, according to Thursday's release. 

The university listed more than $1,100 in meals that the school deemed had no "verifiable" business purpose. The audit also shows that the trips included college basketball games that allowed Hansbrough to see her other son play for Notre Dame. 

Kupec said last week that he has reimbursed the school for the trips, which totaled more than $16,000. He also said Hansbrough was unaware that the expenses weren't paid back to the university previously. 

A week after Kupec and Tami Hansbrough resigned, Holden Thorp said he would step down as UNC-CH chancellor at the end of the 2012-13 school year. He said the stress from athletic, academic and administrative scandals over the past two years had taken a toll on him and his family.