Lu Hardin lands new job | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Lu Hardin lands new job

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:58 AM

 

Here's a bit of a shocker:

Lu Hardin, the former state senator, state official and, most recently, controversial president of the University of Central Arkansas, has a new job.

According to the college website, he's been named the new president of Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

My tipster says the school is well aware they'll face some tough questions on the hire but were impressed by Hardin (as most are). Indeed, UCA Trustee Rush Harding said he fully discussed the issues in the course of highly recommending Hardin and the school said it had fully researched Harding, but found him to be a "man of faith" who'd accomplished much at UCA. Arkansas Business has this report.

The website describes the school as a "Christian university" with a diverse student body. It requires students to meet a public service requirement.

More to come, but there's the scoop.

Hardin, by the way, won't miss a day of pay. The payout of his UCA severance agreement included pay through today, June 30. He got some $550,000 in a lump sum payout, plus continuation of more than $200,000 in state pay while he took leave at UCA through the end of the recent fiscal year. It was agreed-on leavetaking arranged after controversy arose over bonuses paid him to stay at UCA. Reporting since, primarily by the Democrat-Gazette, has uncovered a number of questions about Hardin's management.

I'm told the Florida school has about 3,200 students but has some undeveloped land and a yen to grow. It has satellite campuses in Orlando and Wellington. Hardin's religion and marketing background make him a good fit for a Christian mission with growth aims.

From the college news release:

“Lu is a person of great character and ability as well as a man of great faith. Throughout his career, he has been a strong advocate of Christ-centered higher education,” said R. Marshall Jones, Palm Beach Atlantic trustee and chairman of the presidential search committee. “Lu Hardin has vision and leadership to take PBA to the next level of excellence and make it a top-tier Christian university.” 

The website quotes endorsements from former Gov. Mike Huckabee, business executive Sheffield Nelson and Mark Dance, pastor of the Second Baptist Chuch in Conway.


Favorite

Comments (22)

Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Tom Cotton's influence on Trump's new security chief

    U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is getting credit for pushing President Donald Trump to select Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, Politico reports.
    • Feb 21, 2017
  • Greenbrier's paddling of student protester goes worldwide

    The paddling of Greenbrier High School students who joined in te national school walkout Wednesday has produced headlines worldwide.
    • Mar 17, 2018
  • Campus gun bill clears committee

    The so-called compromise amendment that will allow anyone 25 or older with a training certificate carry a concealed weapon on public college campuses was approved in a Senate committee this afternoon.
    • Feb 21, 2017

Slideshows

Most Viewed

  • Pine Bluff native wages war on fraternity culture

    Bloomberg has an interesting feature on Deborah Dunklin Tipton of Memphis, a native of Pine Bluff and heiress to an Arkansas agricultural fortune, who's put her money to work investigating the death of her son Robert in 2012 of what's been ruled an accidental drug overdose following fraternity hazing at High Point University in North Carolina.
  • School superintendent Poore not registered to vote

    Blogger Russ Racop dug up a factoid of interest this week on Little Rock School Superintendent Mike Poore: He's not registered to vote in Pulaski County.
  • Judge denies Jon Woods' request to be free pending appeal UPDATE

    Judge Timothy Brooks has rejected former state Sen. Jon Woods' request that he be allowed to remain free pending appeal of his public corruption conviction to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. UPDATED with news on co-defendant Randell Shelton and a request for a trial delay by Jeremy Hutchinson in another public corruption case.
  • Breaking: Ken Starr doesn't like the Clintons. Look who's talking about morality

    Surprise. Former Whitewater persecutor Kenneth Starr's new book trashes Bill and Hillary Clinton, as the Democrat-Gazette made clear this morning. You'd think Starr was some moral exemplar as he whines about his "persona non grata" status in Arkansas.
  • Judge strikes down Rogers' anti-panhandling ordinance

    The ACLU has won another lawsuit against an anti-panhandling ordinance, this time in Rogers.

Most Recent Comments

 

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