Friday, December 11, 2015

Tom Courtway plans to step down as UCA president

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click to enlarge TOM COURTWAY
Tom Courtway told the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees today that he plans to step down as university president.

A letter distributed campuswide said Courtway would be working in the transition to new leadership. A specific date wasn't given.

The announcement was made after Courtway met with the Board in executive session and then his letter was distributed campus wide. He told the Board he'd step down after a successor was found. He thanked the Board, staff and students.

Courtway, a lawyer and former legislator, became president in December 2011. He was interim president at the time. He'd served previously as general counsel and vice president and also was an administrator for a time at Hendrix College, his alma mater.

Courtway has been widely credited for steady leadership following a couple of tumultuous administrations. One notable exception: The bad idea to hire political bagman Gilbert Baker, a former Republican senator, as the campus lobbyist. Baker was busy in extracurricular political activities that have associated him with a federal bribery case (Mike Maggio), among others.

UPDATE: A university release says Courtway plans to stay at UCA and teach in the College of Business. His current contract runs through June 2017, but it would end earlier if a replacement is found.

In his letter to the university community, he noted that he'd originally agreed to be president for a period not to exceed three years. "It is time to begin a search for a new leader for UCA," he wrote.

His letter.

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