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Lawmaker calls for UW System VP Morgan shouldn't be considered for post

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The head of the Wisconsin Assembly Colleges Committee said Thursday that UW System vice president Michael Morgan does not deserve to stay on.

Morgan is being considered as the university’s permanent vice president for administration and fiscal affairs. But Whitewater Republican Steve Nass said a recent state audit calls Morgan’s performance into question.

The audit showed that the UW overpaid for its employee pension and health insurance premiums by about $33 million over the past two years.

The errors were part of the UW’s implementation of a new statewide human service computer network. Nass said Morgan should be the one accountable – and he should withdraw from consideration for the permanent post.

In 2010, Morgan was given a three-year term in the job. Back then, Nass was extremely critical of the appointment. Morgan had just left former Governor Jim Doyle’s administration – and Nass accused the UW of throwing a political life raft to an official who would have gone out the door in another six months.

Instead of leaving the government, Morgan was given $245,000 a year in his new university post.

Morgan has not commented on Nass’s new criticism. The UW says its officials plan to discuss the overpayment issue on Tuesday with state lawmakers. 

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