Mar 24, 2012

Jefferson Public Radio Foundation, university licensee going to mediation over audit findings

The Jefferson Public Radio Foundation is headed to mediation with the pubstation's licensee, Southern Oregon University, according to the Mail Tribune in Medford, Ore.

A recent university audit cited a potential conflict of interest in Ron Kramer's role overseeing both the station and its fundraising group. It also said the foundation's debt ratio was "twice as high recommended," the newspaper reported, and that the foundation's $7 million project to restore several buildings in downtown Medford could strain its resources.

The foundation board met in a two-hour executive session Friday night (March 23) before voting to enter into mediation with the university, which SOU President Mary Cullinan had requested.

If the university "is required to take protective legal action, this situation will quickly move past the point where we can reach an amiable, amicable resolution," Cullinan had told the foundation board.

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