An Ohio University official says the school will not buy a $1.2 million home for the school's president after the old one was infested by bats.

The decision by university officials last month to lease the off-campus house for President Roderick McDavis and his wife with an option to purchase raised the ire of many in the community who complained it was a waste of money.

Steve Golding, OU's vice president for finance and administration, said Monday that he will recommend against the purchase of the house after finding out that its owner, John Wharton, had indicated he would make a donation to the athletic department.

Golding said nobody who negotiated the housing deal knew about the donation offer, but he wants to avoid the appearance of impropriety.