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Thursday, January 15, 2009

New blood at UCA

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Gov. Mike Beebe announced appointments to several university boards today, including an opening on the UCA Board of Trustees. As predicted here, Dr. Michael Stanton was NOT reappointed to the UCA Board, despite his hope that he would be. Long story, but politics dictated a new face, even apart from recent UCA financial difficulties. Yes, he revealed some critical information that contributed to President Lu Hardin's departure, after controversy about Hardin's bonuses was already swirling. But he also benefitted by Hardin's club-like operation -- including special favors for Stanton kids and other perks. Plus, he was a Republican who supported a state Senate candidate, Gilbert Baker, who'd led GOP opposition to Beebe in 2006.

John "Bobby" Reynolds from -- where else, Searcy -- got the appointment. He's the governor's next-door neighbor.

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to university boards of trustees:

Carol Jo Atkinson, Hot Springs, to the Henderson State University Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires January 14, 2016.  Replaces Carolyn Tennyson.  

Charles Blanchard, Russellville, to the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires January 14, 2014.  Replaces William "Bud" Harper.  

Mike Gibson, Osceola, reappointed to the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires January 14, 2014.

John "Bobby" Reynolds, Searcy, to the University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires January 14, 2016.  Replaces Dr. Michael Stanton.


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