Harvard, BU trustee conflicts are cited
Report also faults 14 other schools
A new report finds that 70 percent of Massachusetts’ 20 wealthiest private colleges hired companies affiliated with their trustees in 2009 and 2010, a number strikingly higher than the national average of 25 percent. Several schools, including Harvard University and Boston University, apparently did not report all the arrangements on state and federal disclosure forms. The schools did not deny the conflicts, but some questioned the report’s provenance; it was financed by a union that represents many local university workers.