Friday, September 3, 2010

Grand jury probing Hardin days at UCA

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Dum da dum dum.

Lu CA is back in the news.

We reported way back in May that a federal probe was proceeding on financial matters arising during Lu Hardin's tenure as president of the University of Central Arkansas.

The probe has reached a federal grand jury. Responding to Freedom of Information Act requests, UCA has released copies of two subpoenas issued by the federal Grand Jury. One is for Rush Harding of Little Rock, a member of the UCA Board of Trustees and one is for computers and data of Lu Hardin and former UCA vice president Joe Darling. Harding is subpoenaed as a witness. A target of the Grand Jury investigation wouldn't be subpoenaed.

The subpoenas were turned up initially in FOI requests by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and have since been supplied to others. Harding's subpoena asks him to appear Tuesday. He declined comment other than to say, "I will answer whatever questions are asked of me in a truthful and clear manner."

Past reporting suggests obvious areas of inquiry, including a $300,000 accelerated bonus Hardin received, which was voted after Hardin presented a memo he said was written by other UCA officials supporting the payment. It turned out the others didn't write the memo. An arrangement to divert money in excess of state caps to the football coach through a public relations account also was controversial. And investigators are reviewing how Hardin spent money he received in the bonuses. It is likely that a number of other subpoenas have been issued for people not at UCA, so this is just a tip of the probe.

Hardin, now president of a church-based college in Florida, resigned as president in a buyout deal two years ago. He cited health reasons and a desire for the campus to heal from controversies, but has generally defended his work as president and the school's growth under his leadership.

Tags: , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Arkansas Supreme Court denies rehearing in death penalty challenge, but delays mandate

    The Arkansas Supreme Court today refused to rehear the case denying Death Row inmates information about drugs used by the state in the lethal injection process.
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Welspun layoffs: Another example of corporate welfare folly

    Layoffs at the Welspun pipe plant in Little Rock are a reminder of the folly of corporate welfare and the inability of Arkansas to separate itself from global economic forces. See the Fayetteville shale. And keep a watchful eye on that Sun Paper pulp mill proposed near Arkadelphia.
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Hamburg bank manager gets 21 months for theft

    Melinda Gwin, 49, of Hamburg has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $210,875 stolen from the First National Bank of Crossett. She was sentenced in El Dorado federal court, according to a Justice Department news release.
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Best of Arkansas 2016

    Readers elect their favorites.
  • Hillary hit jobs

    It's always been my conviction that if Hillary Clinton could be appointed president, she'd do a bang-up job. Getting elected, however, might prove more difficult.
  • These Hogs won't be thin

    This may be the strongest returning receiving corps that the Razorbacks have fielded in the post-Petrino days.
  • Trump-Putin 2016

    Among the thousand bizarre aspects of the presidential campaign has been the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin axis.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation