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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M has removed a provost and executive vice president from her post after an audit found "significant" conflicts of interest after university contracts were awarded to a business run by her spouse.

Documents obtained by The Eagle newspaper show in the seven years that Provost Karan Watson held her post, her spouse — who owns a conflict-resolution firm — received nearly $440,000 for university training services. That included almost $10,000 paid by the provost's office and more than $100,000 from the Office of Diversity, which reports to the provost.

Watson says she tried to avoid violating any university policy and regularly reported her spouse's work on disclosure forms.

Watson had already announced her retirement, but was planning to remain until her replacement arrived.

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