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story.lead_photo.caption Then-University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin speaks in this 2008 photo during a Trustees meeting in Wingo Hall on the campus. - Photo by Russell Powell

Federal investigators have subpoenaed at least one trustee of the University of Central Arkansas to appear before a federal grand jury on Tuesday.

The federal government has subpoenaed Rush Harding III of Little Rock and any UCA computers and/or electrical data storage used by former UCA President Lu Hardin and former UCA Senior Vice President Joe Darling.

Subpoenas go to witnesses in an investigation rather than targets, an assistant U.S. attorney said.

Hardin resigned in August 2008 after months of contention. Darling left UCA after allegations involving him and Little Rock advertising executive Ben Combs were revealed in a state audit.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • cwbird
    September 3, 2010 at 4:25 p.m.

    Here we go again. Lu Hardin, who perhaps was the very best President that UCA has ever had and who did absolutely nothing wrong while in that office as far as I know, was beat up so terribly by the press and the media that, to have some peace in his life, he just resigned. I personally encouraged him to stand his ground because his job and his career was being stolen from him by the press and the media in the guise of "informing the people."

    As I said, "Here we go again." This little online blurb and the article that will appear in tomorrow's Democrat Gazette in the guise of giving the facts, very clearly leave one with the impression that new accusations against Lu Hardin are surfacing, this time from federal investigators, notwithstanding the disclaimer by the assistant U.S. attorney. And it is most unlikely that the cloud over Hardin will ever be lifted by any future article.

    I just think that it is pathetic that a good man's reputation and career should suffer so much, especially at the hands of the media and the press. Don't you think that every single article that is published that even vaguely intimates wrongdoing can be written in such a way that it gives the benefit of the doubt to the one that has been made to appear to have done something wrong?

    Has the press forgotten the principle that a person must be considered and treated as if absolutely innocent until proven guilty? Seems to me that to do less is to engage in gossip.

  • cdawg
    September 3, 2010 at 4:33 p.m.

    Touching cwbird. Po Lu. Faking memos to get yourself a big fat raise should be illegal as hell.

  • Jason2010
    September 3, 2010 at 4:53 p.m.

    Frankly, I wish that an independent prosecutor could have been named to thoroughly investigate this incident. It's a shame that the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has had to do the job of the government in terms of oversight of UCA's management.

  • Jason2010
    September 3, 2010 at 4:53 p.m.

    As far as you know? Clearly you don't know anything. Lu Hardin, though he may have been good for UCA's image, was more concerned about his own financial well being rather than what was best for the university. He forged his vice presidents' signatures on his request for an annuity payment, which seemed to be enough for me to want his resignation.

    You'll recall that he stepped down in 2008 only after the board renewed his contract which was set to expire on October 1, 2008. The board could have easily not renewed his contract and he could have left, instead they opted to give him what amounted to a golden parachute. In doing so they used the good 'ole boy system to screw the students, the university and the tax payers. Any good that he may have done was reversed by his unethical dealings, the dealings of which are still seen on campus today.

  • Winfield
    September 3, 2010 at 7:58 p.m.

    A quote from Jason2010's post:

    "He forged his vice presidents' signatures on his request for an annuity payment, which seemed to be enough for me to want his resignation".
    Me too, Jason2010. Some people I suppose may not think that forgery is a serious crime in their support of him.

  • LoveThoseHogs
    September 3, 2010 at 9:04 p.m.

    Strange situation out of Fort Smith. The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith chancellor Paul Beran is having a time with his campus police force. It was in yesterdays Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

    It appears that one had a previous order of protection filed by his exwife, one was arrested, one shot his hand, one was loading a gun walking down the hallway, one was clicking the trigger in front of students, and the list goes on.

    Chancellor Beran said it's normal practice. YIKES!!

    Paul Beran is the one who should resign!