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John Tyson resigns from UA Board of Trustees

By Lee Hogan

This article was published February 15, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.

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FILE PHOTO - John Tyson speaks to shareholders Feb. 1, 2008 at the annual Tyson shareholders meeting at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale.

— Gov. Mike Beebe's office confirmed Friday that John Tyson has resigned from the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

Tyson resigned Feb. 8, but the university says it wasn't aware of the decision until Arkansas Business reported it on its website Friday.

In a letter to Beebe, Tyson writes he is thankful for the opportunity he had to serve, but decided to resign after "careful consideration and deliberation."

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Friday that Tyson felt his schedule would not allow him to continue as a board member, which Tyson states in the letter.

"... My schedule in recent months has made it increasingly difficult for me to attend meetings and be an effective board member," Tyson wrote. "I do not see that changing, and because of that, and the fact that I have become increasingly frustrated with the Board's inability to make meaningful change in the structure and delivery of higher education in Arkansas, I think it is best that I step down now."

"(Tyson) has always been someone to speak his mind and to make strong decisions," DeCample said.

DeCample said a decision on a replacement would come as soon as possible.

Tyson states in the letter he informed UA System President Don Bobbit and Chancellor G. David Gearhart that he planned to resign about a year ago, but both asked him to stay on through the transition period of Bobbit becoming president.

Tyson is Chairman of the Board of Tyson Foods Inc., a position he's held since 1998. He was CEO from 2001 to 2006.

Read more details in Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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SeniorHog says... February 15, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.

Decisions such as this are never made in a vacuum. There is always an event or series of events that prompt this. Mr. Tyson could perhaps further his goal of improving the system by being forthright in making the reasons for his decision public.

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GOP says... February 15, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.

I think he did give his reason quite to the point

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JessePinkman says... February 15, 2013 at 7:27 p.m.

I think he is full of crap; I'm betting he did not get his handpicked football coach once again and he finally gave up.

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tncbg says... February 16, 2013 at 12:12 a.m.

Good riddance. Please don't replace him with another blowhard whose sole achievement is being born a Tyson. Daddy's money does not a good board member make. Mr. Tyson's absence is an instant improvement to the system.

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Jackabbott says... February 16, 2013 at 8:50 a.m.

Possibly chickened out????

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LR1955 says... February 16, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.

Perhaps his resigning was a face saving measure allowed by the board that actually voted him out due to the deep fryer odor that seemed to follow him around. Plus there seems to be more vegetarian graduates from the U of A.

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