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story.lead_photo.caption Brad Choate, former vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, packs away a notebook decorated with a “thrown under the bus” theme Friday after the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee accepted an audit report without hearing from him about the division’s deficit. ( Stephen B. Thornton)

Two former fundraising administrators for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville who have been blamed for allowing a $4.2 million deficit to accumulate showed up Friday at the state Capitol expecting to tell their version of events.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 12/14/2013

Print Headline: Vote shuts off testimony on deficit at UA

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  • RBBrittain
    December 14, 2013 at 8:31 a.m.

    Brad Choate's written testimony confirms exactly what I've been saying for months, LONG before the audit OR the prosecutor: The overspending began *before* 2008, when David Gearhart himself headed the Advancement Division; he's been throwing people under the bus to cover that up ever since.
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    Call or e-mail your legislators. Tell them to insist that the FY 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) appropriations bill for UA-Fayetteville (to be passed at the February fiscal session) contain language finding David Gearhart responsible for the deficit AND the coverup, and prohibiting ANY university funds from being used to employ him in ANY capacity during FY 2015. (Sounds complicated, but thanks to Amendment 33 that's the *ONLY* way the legislature can fire someone from a state university. I first thought this up as a way to get Frank Broyles off the Hill after the judge's ruling in the Nolan Richardson case--basically it wasn't discrimination ONLY because Frank would have run Nolan off even if he was white--but he FINALLY retired before I could push for it.)

  • RBBrittain
    December 14, 2013 at 8:41 a.m.

    Thanks to the University Foundation's role in this, I would also add language prohibiting UA-Fayetteville funds from being used to pay the salary of *any* UA employee performing services while on university time for *any* foundation or other funding source paying Mr. Gearhart's salary. (There may need to be some other legal loopholes, i.e., if Mr. Gearhart has any lawful claim for unpaid salary he must first resign, THEN file a claim with the state Claims Commission; university funds can be used ONLY if the Claims Commission allows the claim.)

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