HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- State auditors are recommending the University of Connecticut put more controls on the salaries the school pays professors and other professionals.
The auditors on Wednesday released their report covering the budget years that ended in June 2010 and 2011.
They found the school has not established any maximum pay for professors and has no pay range for many professional positions, a standard practice with other state positions.
"I understand it's a competitive environment for research and other things," auditor John C. Geragosian said Thursday. "But you should have a process in place and salary ranges that are clear. And if you are going to exceed them, you should seek board approval."
The school received criticism in 2011 after it was revealed the university was paying its police chief almost $256,000 a year. The school said at the time that Robert Hudd's duties had expanded to include taking charge of the school's environmental health and safety department, building and fire code operations, and public safety operations on all satellite campuses and the UConn Health Center.
Hudd retired in 2011, and Barbara O'Connor was named police chief at a salary of $164,700 a year.
University spokesman Tom Breen said the school's compensation structure was set up through collective bargaining in the 1980s and can't change until next year during the next round of contract talks with the unions representing professional employees.
"The university continues to use benchmark data to establish appropriate compensation levels consistent with industry norms," he said.
The school's board of trustees also has since established a committee on salaries to monitor the compensation of university executives and management employees.
The wide-ranging audit also found UConn had wasted close to $1 million by paying licensing fees for some financial software it could not use at the time.
Beginning in December 2009, the school paid annual licensing fees of $331,500, $305,660 and $265,235 for the SciQuest purchasing software, but was not able to use it until the university modernized the rest of its financial computer system in 2012.
The auditors also found the school failed to explore properly other alternatives for its new financial system before going with the system specific to higher education, Kuali Financial System. As of June 30, 2013, the university spent $10.1 million to implement that system, the audit found.
"It's clear that they did not bring all the stakeholders in to evaluate it, and because of that there were problems with the rollout, and that contributed to the delay with the other software," said Geragosian.
Board of Trustees chairman Larry McHugh said changes have been made to improve the process, and all future information technology projects must now receive board approval.
"The university should not have paid for software it was not using," he said in a statement. "That is not defensible, which the university's then-leadership should have known in 2009, when this issue arose."
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