Ex-LSU rep blamed in failed project blames school president

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana State University employee blamed for ruining the commercialization of a medical software program says the real blame lies with school President F. King Alexander.

The Advocate reports Dr. Frank Opelka gave his version of events Monday, prompting Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera to reopen an investigation into how LSU created affiliated nonprofits and private companies.

LSU tried to commercialize the program by creating a nonprofit. The nonprofit’s board was chaired by Opelka.

Purpera’s office last month released the results of an audit into the commercialization attempt, but didn’t have Opelka’s response to Alexander’s claim take that Opelka operated outside the boundaries of his position. Purpera says Opelka didn’t reply to a request for feedback on a drafted audit, so a response wasn’t included.

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