Update: Termination of UA Spokesman John Diamond Followed Loss of Confidence

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 3:27 pm  

University of Arkansas vice chancellor Chris Wyrick (left) and former UA spokesman John Diamond. (Photo by UA Athletic Media Relations)

Diamond has been a finalist for jobs outside Arkansas in recent months, and Gearhart said he and Wyrick had hoped to give him time to find another job before terminating his employment with the UA. Diamond's salary is $173,354.

Diamond had been hired by Choate, and Gearhart told reporters that he thought Diamond had been to overtly loyal to and defensive of Choate even as his mismanagement of the Advancement Division was becoming public knowledge.

Any suggestion that he was not willing to work for Choate's replacement was not correct, Diamond told Arkansas Business. "It become very convenient to say that I couldn't adjust to Chris," he said. "That's just not true. My job was to help [Wyrick] succeed. I had every intention of doing that."

Gearhart's stated desire to give Diamond time to find another job was similar to his approach to firing Choate, who was relieved of management duties but continued to be paid his salary of $348,000 a year until his contract ended on June 30. Gearhart said Choate had not yet found another job.



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