College suspends president


A college in the region says its new president was suspended and could be fired.

Jennifer Spielvogel was suspended with pay Friday at Lake Michigan College, near Benton Harbor, because of alleged unapproved spending and improper management.

She was hired three months ago from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

Lake Michigan College has released a statement and minutes from a special board meeting. Trustee Stephen Small says trustees "thought for sure we made the right choice" in hiring Spielvogel, "and now it's ashes."

The college says the questionable conduct includes renovations to Spielvogel's office and a planned inauguration.

Spielvogel is entitled to a hearing within 30 days. Her attorney, Bradley Glazier, couldn't immediately comment today.

Lake Michigan College, with 4,200 students, offers associate degrees.

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