Just months after his term on the James Madison University Board of Visitors ended last summer, former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling began a six-figure job as a senior fellow in residence at JMU. To State Sen. Mark Obenshain, that represents a clear conflict of interest. WMRA's Andrew Jenner reports.
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The first bill that Sen. Obenshain introduced for next year’s General Assembly session would ban such a rapid transition from a university’s board to its payroll. Obenshain, whose district includes Harrisonburg and the JMU campus, first learned of Bolling’s new job through a news release.
OBENSHAIN: I thought that, immediately, it was kind of a head-scratcher. I knew that he had been on the Board of Visitors. It was certainly a surprise to have someone rotating off of a college board and into a paid position with the university.
But when he later read in Harrisonburg’s Daily News-Record that Bolling began discussing a possible job with JMU President Jonathan Alger while still serving on the board of visitors: