I wasn’t a bit surprised to learn that the usual suspects are circling the wagons around embattled North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman.

A group of powerful business leaders, not to mention the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce and a Republican state Senator, have sent letters backing Richman to the State Board of Higher Education.

This is ahead of a committee meeting which will review a stinging state audit of the school.

An audit which found that a serious breach in conflict of interest policies, and an apparent effort by Richman’s administration to cover it up.

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