A state legislator is calling on the University of Wisconsin System’s acting senior vice president for administration and fiscal affairs to withdraw his name from consideration for the job on a permanent basis in the midst of a probe into the UW’s overpayments of nearly $33 million for health insurance premiums and retirement benefits.
Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), chairman of the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee, issued a statement Thursday criticizing Michael Morgan’s administrative oversight of a new human resources system, which has been implicated in the overpayment errors.
As vice president for administration and fiscal affairs, Morgan was the top administrator responsible for implementing the new system, which went active in 2011, Nass said. The overpayments happened during that transition.
An audit released last week by the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau revealed the overpayments publicly and prompted leaders of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to call for a more comprehensive review, which UW System President Kevin Reilly promised would occur.