Auditor Staci Shumate told lawmakers the purchases did not appear to be inappropriate for the employee, however.
Discrepancies with the school's travel card were more suspicious.
The travel card is largely unguarded, not subject to controls as purchases made through the university's accounts payable process, or the purchase card.
The auditor's office looked at 13 of the 15 payments West Virginia State made to United Bank in 2011.
Of those 1,171 purchases, 372 were made within 15 miles of West Virginia State's campus.
Most of those charges were for meals, but also included hotels, groceries, athletic equipment, supplies and apparel.
That includes two purchases at a local Walmart, totaling $602 and $583, respectively. Auditors could not determine a legitimate reason for the purchases, but school officials explained they might have purchased food for athletic team trips.
The school did not provide any supporting documentation for travel card purchases, like team rosters or event schedules with meal and hotel receipts. That prevented auditors from verifying the purchases were made for athletic events.
At least 30 transactions appear to be for personal purchases, auditors said. Twelve purchases, totaling $75.56, were for personal meals.
Almost $1,000 in purchases, spread over 18 transactions, were for feminine products, hair spray, bug spray, contact solution, prescriptions, over-the-counter pain relievers, tissues and shoes, among other items.
Auditors recommended the university begin complying with state code, Higher Education Police Commission rules, state auditor purchase card rules and its own Board of Governors policies.
Lori Elliott, West Virginia State's assistant vice president for business and finance, told lawmakers the university accepts the auditor's findings, and has strengthened controls on purchasing to comply with the report's recommendations.
Elliot said the school also is working on a comprehensive inventory of all its property.
"Anything we can find to inventory, we'll have it on that list," she said.