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story.lead_photo.caption Former University of Arkansas at Fayetteville spokesman John Diamond (right) alleges under oath Friday before the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee that UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart (left) ordered employees of the university’s fundraising unit to destroy budget documents. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

The former chief spokesman for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville told legislators Friday, under oath, that Chancellor G. David Gearhart ordered top officials in his financially troubled fundraising division to destroy and stop creating budget-related documents so that the records wouldn’t be available for public view.


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Photo by Staton Breidenthal
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville officials (from left) Don Pederson, vice chancellor for finance and administration; Jean Schook, associate vice chancellor and treasurer; G. David Gearhart, chancellor; and Donald Bobbitt, UA System president, answer questions about an audit from legislators Friday at the state Capitol.

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Front Section, Pages 1 on 09/14/2013

Print Headline: Ex-UA aide: Budget files shredded

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  • Duhig
    September 14, 2013 at 8:37 a.m.

    These folks are over=spending their budget by $15,900 per day. How can you even spend $16,000 per day, much less spendt that much over your budget? And Gearhart is sitting there giving us all the finger.......He needs to go back to Penn State where criminal behavior is more accepted..

  • LevyRat
    September 14, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.

    Did they destroy the budget documents or not ............ pretty easy to prove, if there are no budget documents then this guy is telling the truth. At any rate, this is typical of people spending someone else's money, they really just don't care how much they spend. Changes need to be made.

  • MenLR2
    September 14, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.

    That picture alone should send Gearhart packing back up north.

  • franglary
    September 14, 2013 at 10:51 a.m.

    Gearhart is a joke. The man thinks he is accountable to no one. Can him now! Arkansas deserves better - like, someone who observes the law.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    September 14, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

    What was the money spent on, or where is it hidden?

  • Questionmark
    September 14, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.

    Does anyone else wonder about the reaction of countless current and former Arkansas students, and their families, facing sizable student loans and a non-financially rewarding in-state job market to revelations of millions in overspending and exhorbitant salaries and perks for UA administrations who appear incapable of creating and managing a financial spreadsheet?

  • LR1955
    September 14, 2013 at 2:34 p.m.

    UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart doesn't look too happy in the above photo.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    September 15, 2013 at 6:09 a.m.

    Furtum non est ubi initium habet detentionis per dominium rei.
    {There is not theft where the holder has a beginning of detention through ownership of the thing.}

  • Garycmillerlawgmailcom
    September 15, 2013 at 10:07 p.m.

    Of course it is a disgruntled former employee. The current gruntled ones are never going to come forward.