FBI investigating college consultant

Thursday, November 13th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WILBURTON, Okla. (AP) _ A consultant being retained by Eastern Oklahoma State College is under investigation by the FBI, according to a published report.

Don Bostic was hired by college president Bill Campion and is being paid $200 a day. Bostic started working at Eastern in early September, and spends two or three weeks a month at the campus.

Bostic is on administrative leave with pay from El Paso Community College, where he earns $90,380 annually.

``It is common knowledge at El Paso Community College that I am being investigated,'' Bostic told The Oklahoman. He said he has been placed under a gag order and could not discuss details.

At El Paso, Bostic is vice president of work force development, which retrains displaced workers.

The reason for the investigation is not clear. The FBI did not immediately return a telephone call Thursday.

``We're certainly not at liberty to discuss details of this,'' said Ernst Roberts, assistant to President Richard Rhodes at El Paso Community College.

Campion said he was aware of the investigation but applauded Bostic.

``This is a man I have known for many, many years whose ethicalness and forthrightness are beyond reproach,'' he said.

Bostic had worked for Campion when he was president of El Paso Community College for 18 months, starting in 1998.