Posted 2/15/2013 03:43 pm
Updated 3 months ago
John Tyson of
Tyson, who was CEO of publicly traded meat processor Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale from 2000 to 2006, began serving on the UA board in 2007. He term was set to expire in 2017.
"I've become increasingly frustrated with the Board's inability to make meaningful change in the structure and delivery of higher education in
In the letter, Tyson said he considered resigning a year ago, but decided to stay at the request of UA Fayetteville Chancellor G. David Gearhart and UA
Bobbitt and Gearhart also asked Tyson to remain on the board through the transition period, Tyson said in the letter.
"However, my schedule in recent months has made it increasingly difficult for me to attend meetings and be an effective board member," Tyson said. "I do not see that changing."
Ben Beaumont, UA spokesman, said Friday that the UA System didn't have any information on Tyson's resignation and referred calls to Beebe's office, which handles appointments to the UA board.
Gov. Mike Beebe's spokesman Matt DeCample said Tyson's replacement was being sought and a decision would be made as soon as possible.