Laura Jacobs, the director of communications at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is named the new associate vice chancellor of university relations at the University of Arkansas, a position formerly held by John Diamond.
University of Arkansas leaders say they are taking steps, including implementing new procedures for hiring and accounting, to correct millions of dollars in overspending in the school's fundraising division. UA system trustees, meeting in Little Rock, didn't ask the Fayetteville campus leaders for details about the list of fixes they presented.
The outgoing chief spokesman of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is accusing school officials of intentionally destroying financial records about a fundraising unit that was cited by legislative auditors for poor management.
The former head of the University of Arkansas' Advancement Division failed at budget oversight, increasing the division's expenses from less than $8 million a year to more than $13 million despite steady revenue, according to an audit released Tuesday.
Private giving to the University of Arkansas exceeded $100 million for a third consecutive year, the school says. Gifts to the UA in fiscal year 2013 topped $108.4 million, following $108.1 million in 2012 and $121.3 million in 2011. Included in the total are cash gifts, in-kind contributions, planned gifts and new pledges.
The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition and fees beginning with the fall 2013 semester. Arkansas State University's board approved a 3.3 percent increase.
John Tyson of Springdale resigned from the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees on Feb. 8, but the UA System didn't know about the resignation until Arkansas Business informed it of the move on Friday.
University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart has requested a pair of independent audits of the university's advancement division, which was on track to overspend its budgeted revenue by more than $4 million in the current fiscal year.
The Associated Student Government at the University of Arkansas is holding a candlelight memorial service tonight to honor Garrett Uekman, the student-athlete who died Sunday, Nov. 20. Everyone is invited to attend in memory of Garrett, and to express the university family’s condolences to the Uekman family.