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UDC president responds to criticism of trips, expenses

March 2, 2011 - 12:17 PM
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University of District of Columbia president Allen Sessoms has issued a response to a report by FOX 5 that he was using taxpayer money to pay for expensive trips to Egypt and England.

He also speaks with ABC7's Sam Ford.

In a letter he addressed to the university community, Sessoms criticizes the FOX 5 report, but notably he doesn't deny the accuracy of the information behind the report, which was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request for details on Sessoms' travel expenses and compensation.

“The receipts used in the story were taken out of context and do not fully address the purpose and nature of each trip, as well as any extenuating circumstances surrounding the travel," he writes.

He then goes on to write about the purposes of the trips to Cairo and London, and that “any expenses incurred by my office are paid for out of University generated revenue.”

Read his response below:

UDC Letter


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    Jon Roberts

    Mar 03, 2011 - 11:19:56 AM

    A a student at UDC, I want to give a different perspective. Dr. Sessoms though he may not be the most personable individual, his vision for the university is a great one. He has done a lot in his two years. He has done a lot for UDC in terms of positive news stories in the last two years. He has brought in a lot of research dollors, he steered the renovation and construction of greenroofs on campus, and now his is building a student center. If Sessoms is fired for a trip to Bostom unhalf of the school and for buying a Navigator with the compensation stated in his contract, that will be very sad. No credible future president will ever come to the university to replace him.

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