House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, is correct that there doesn’t appear to be a need for wholesale changes to the Kansas Bioscience Authority. Though a forensic audit released last week found significant problems related to former KBA president Tom Thornton (in photo), including that he destroyed personal information from his business computer, the audit raised no major issues related to the KBA’s investments. “The problems seem to be with the head guy, who’s now gone,” O’Neal said. “It didn’t really identify, in my view, a lot of structural or systemic problems that would affect the board.” KBA’s board of directors did a poor job of supervising Thornton and needs to make sure it has adequate oversight. But O’Neal noted that membership on the board has changed, and he thinks the process now in place for appointments will help to correct problems at the authority.
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