Former UCA President Charged

Friday, August 31, 2012

After a lengthy investigation, a former University of Central Arkansas president was charged Wednesday with a misdemeanor for tampering with a public record, Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said.

Former President Allen Meadors could face up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine for asking Diane Newton, vice president for finance and administration, to destroy a letter.

“Basically what we are charging is that he solicited someone else to destroy a public record,” Hiland said.

The charge stems from an investigation into a possible mishandling of a “grant” proposed by Aramark food vendor that was placed before trustees last year. A $700,000 proposal to further renovations of the UCA president’s residence was presented without strings attached by then Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Roussel.

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