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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Full University of Arkansas cast on agenda for review of Advancement controversy

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click to enlarge ON THE AGENDA: UA Chancellor David Gearhart and critics are scheduled to discuss the UA financial controversy at a legislative committee meeting.
  • ON THE AGENDA: UA Chancellor David Gearhart and critics are scheduled to discuss the UA financial controversy at a legislative committee meeting.
Thanks to Rep. Nate Bell for bird-dogging the University of Arkansas Advancement Division accountability scandal that just won't go away no matter how hard the UA tries to shut it down. He posted yesterday the agenda for a Jan. 7 meeting of the legislature's Joint Peformance Review Committee. If all scheduled speakers appear (that was short-circuited in an earlier Legislative Audit meeting, you might recall) lawmakers and others can weigh the relative credibility of the combatants and the specifics where recollections differ sharply on how transparent UA Chancellor David Gearhart wanted to be.

The agenda:

1. Call to Order

2. Opening Comments—Senator Jane English and Representative Terry Rice, Co-Chairs, Joint Performance Review Committee

3. Discussion of the handling of Advancement Division funds at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville (UAF)

4.Brad Choate, former UAF Vice Chancellor of Advancement

5.Joy Sharp, former UAF Advancement Division Budget Director

6.John Diamond, former UAF Associate Vice Chancellor of University Relations

7.David Gearhart, UAF Chancellor

8.Don Pederson, UAF Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

9.Jean Schook, UAF Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Affairs

10.Questions by Committee Members

11.Other Business
Adjournment

It is too bad that, because of Senate recalcitrance, streaming of such joint committee sessions — and thus wide public viewing — is not allowed. Sen. Lamoureux, tear down that wall.

I note again that, but for the often-retrograde Tea Party faction in the legislature, this subject would have been closed without a full discussion, as the UA had hoped. They are to be credited.

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