The Navy says the president of the U.S. Naval War College has been administratively reassigned pending the outcome of an inspector general investigation.

The reassignment of Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley on Monday comes days after The Associated Press reported on the investigation amid allegations that he spent excessively, abused his hiring authority and otherwise behaved inappropriately, including keeping a margarita machine in his office.

Harley told the AP the fiscal strain was because the Navy hasn’t fully funded new missions. He says he has a lighthearted leadership style.

This May 2019 photo provided by U.S. Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, shows his official artist's portrait, left, displayed in a gallery in Conolly Hall on the school's campus in Newport, R.I. Dozens of emails, which span from December 2017 to May 2019, were shared with The Associated Press by people at the war college who said they were concerned about Rear Adm. Harley's leadership and judgment. (Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley/U.S. Naval War College via AP)
This May 2019 photo provided by U.S. Naval War College president Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, shows his official artist’s portrait, left, displayed in a gallery in Conolly Hall on the school’s campus in Newport, R.I. Dozens of emails, which span from December 2017 to May 2019, were shared with The Associated Press by people at the war college who said they were concerned about Rear Adm. Harley’s leadership and judgment. (Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley/U.S. Naval War College via AP)

High-ranking officials including the Navy secretary are due on campus this week for a strategy forum and graduation at the elite school, which grooms future admirals and generals.

The Navy says Provost Lewis M. Duncan has temporarily assumed the president’s duties.

FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Adm. John Richardson, left, chief of naval operations, greets Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Dozens of emails, which span from December 2017 to May 2019, were shared with The Associated Press by people at the war college who said they were concerned about Rear Adm. Harley's leadership and judgment. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott, File)
FILE – In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Adm. John Richardson, left, chief of naval operations, greets Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Dozens of emails, which span from December 2017 to May 2019, were shared with The Associated Press by people at the war college who said they were concerned about Rear Adm. Harley’s leadership and judgment. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott, File)
This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Dozens of emails, which span from December 2017 to May 2019, were shared with The Associated Press by people at the war college who said they were concerned about Rear Adm. Harley's leadership and judgment. (U.S. Navy via AP)
This image provided by the U.S. Navy shows Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. Dozens of emails, which span from December 2017 to May 2019, were shared with The Associated Press by people at the war college who said they were concerned about Rear Adm. Harley’s leadership and judgment. (U.S. Navy via AP)
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