UCA's lingering stench | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, June 27, 2009

UCA's lingering stench

Posted By on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 6:42 AM

DIXIE BAND CAMP 2008: From their website.

Another fine piece of work today by the Democrat-Gazette's Debra Hale-Shelton.

She has turned her attention to a sweetheart of a 10-year summer band camp contract held at UCA by Lu Hardin chum Robin Nix, who once held a high-paying UCA job courtesy of Hardin. Interim president Tom Courtway fired Nix and has tried, unsuccessfully so far, to renegotiate the band camp contract. That's good. But don't give Courtway a trophy just yet. Note a paragraph in the article:

Courtway said in an interview that, as UCA's legal counsel at the time, he had drafted the Dixie contract "based on the directions I got from President Hardin."

He, in other words, just followed orders in drafting a contract much longer than that enjoyed by any other outside contractor and at a much cheaper cost for use of UCA facilities. Now he tells us it's not such a hot deal.

Courtway, you'll recall, was tapped by insider legislators to run the state lottery. I bet, had that deal gone through as insider legislators originally planned, he'd be touting keno parlors today, too.

Another point: I'm not sure I buy Nix's statement that his band camp is essentially a non-profit enterprise that makes money for UCA. It would be nice to see his books.

Here's what we know. Nix brings in 1,200 campers at $285 each for five- to six-day camps. That's gross income of more than $340,000 per summer (less about $30,000 in camper scholarships). UCA is only charging about $13 per student per day for facility, dorm and health clinic use. Some undetermined additional amount goes for food.The camp has to pay staff. But it looks to me that there's room for a hefty margin.

Nix, in defense, says the camp has given UCA $55,000 in contributions over 12 years. That's less than $5,000 a year, or about a $4 rebate per camper.

ALSO NOTED: Lu Hardin hired Robin Nix for $159,000 a year. Nix for a time kicked back $5,000 a month of his salary to the UCA Foundation. The Foundation has been a source of Hardin pay enhancements.


Favorite

Comments (19)

Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-19 of 19

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • A blow to church school vouchers in Montana

    The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that the state's constitution makes illegal voucher payments for students to attend religious-oriented public schools.
    • Dec 13, 2018
  • Hog linebacker arrested on drug, gun charges

    Demetrius Walker, a sophomore linebacker for the Arkansas Razorbacks, has been jailed in Washington County on charges of possession of marijuana and Xanax with intent to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm (an AR-15 rifle with a loaded magazine.)
    • Dec 13, 2018
  • Teacher fair dismissal law apparently to be waived in Pine Bluff, too

    State Board of Education action to waive school standards law in the Pine Bluff School District may be broader than I indicated yesterday. But officials won't talk about it.
    • Dec 13, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017
  • Presidential thriller, co-author Bill Clinton, coming to bookstores in 2018

    June 2018 is the expected publication date for a novel collaboration by former President Bill Clinton and crime writer James Patterson.
    • May 9, 2017

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation