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UCA trustees discuss president's home

Posted: August 6, 2011 - 4:36pm

Options were discussed for the future of the president’s home at an informal meeting of the Board of Trustees of the University of Central Arkansas on Saturday at The Red Apple Inn in Heber Springs.

No votes were taken on any of the matters considered by the trustees.

The board heard each vice president or department head deliver an overview of goals or desired accomplishments in the next year, according to Jeff Pitchford, vice-president of university and government relations.

In addition, Patsy Minton-Newton, chairman of the President’s Residence Advisory Committee, distributed a progress report from the committee. The group has been meeting since it was charged by trustees with the project in February.

She presented a list of options for discussion about the home, built in 1937, that has undergone extensive renovation to address mold, lead and safety issues. The house is on Donaghey street, a busy thoroughfare that borders the UCA campus.

In addition to providing a home for the school’s president and family, the house is often used for entertaining guests and other public gatherings.

The examples of options in the committee’s report were

• To renovate the existing house with an option of adding two-bedroom guest house: $145,000 for private portions of existing house; $30,000 for public portions; $184,000 optional two-bedroom guest house.

• To build a new president’s house attached to the existing garage: $465,000 to $540,000.

• To build a new master bedroom suite between the existing home and garage: $230,000 for private areas; $30,000 to public areas; $16,000 to convert existing barn to storage for Aramark.

Cromwell Architects of Little Rock provided drawings of those examples.

A fourth option would be to purchase an existing home. Examples of “executive homes” available in Conway, as provided by a Realtor, were listed from $700,000 to $800,000.

Another option would be to pay a living stipend for the president to provide his own residence. The maximum stipend in Arkansas is $18,000 of state dollars. The existing home would be re-purposed for “use by the broader UCA community.”

In the hand-out to the trustees, Minton-Newton said that the report is a work in progress and a final report will be delivered “as soon as we can complete the remainder of the details.”

Trustees arrived at the resort on Friday night, and the informal meeting began at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, ending at 3:30 p.m.

 

Trustees present were Scott Roussel, chairman; Bobby Reynolds, vice chairman; Kay Hinkle, Victor Green and Rush Harding III.Trustees Randy Sims and Dr. Harold Chakales were not present.

No agenda has been set for the next regular meeting, Aug. 26, Pitchford said.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at becky.harris@thecabin.net and 505-1234.)

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sevenof400
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sevenof400 08/06/11 - 08:05 pm
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How much $$$ for a retreat at the Red Apple Inn?

This BOT must be comprised of complete morons - in the midst of continual budget problems, these Nero-ites retire to Heber Springs to fiddle?

Come on Gov. Beebe, how about dismissing this board (in total) and start over with trustees who are interested in making UCA more responsive to the students and less betrothed to their expense accounts.....

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SallieCone 08/06/11 - 08:50 pm
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great interest

7/400, yes, the bot made mistakes when lu hardin was president, but remember all the news media praised him and folks wrote on this blog what a wonderful and christian man he was. i doubt this board spend a third on travel,etc as the ua or asu but then maybe you think they should do all their communication via e-mail. if you read the articles in this paper, you would know that uca has been the most efficient university in the state over the past few years, they have had lowest tuition increases in the state the last two years, yes, since meaders has been here and they have had their bond rating raised 3 times in the last year and half years. do i agree with everything they do out there, no, but if you believe what this paper is reporting they are doing a great job of getting uca back in shape. they have done more repairs and renovation on academic building than in the last 3-4 years under lu. so why is this board complete morons?

sevenof400
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sevenof400 08/06/11 - 09:05 pm
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What would have been wrong with having the retreat...

...on campus? There are plenty of facilities that could have hosted a retreat and saved money. It is NOT necessary to travel to some removed location to plan for the upcoming year or to make a significant decision. A Saturday meeting on campus could have easily served the same purpose and would have made a statement that the board too is actively involved in looking for areas to cut expenses.

It's the principle of the action that matters here. A board in tune with the needs of the university does not spend even one cent of unnecessary money.

You said:
UCA - most efficient university in the state over the past few years, they have had lowest tuition increases in the state the last two years...

UCA may have had the lowest tuition increases in the last two years, but they have still increased tuition over 700% in the last three decades. UCA has a long term track record of tuition increases with few (if any) increases in the quality of education. In fact, UCA's signature accomplishment (the Honors College) was started in the early 80's - when tuition was around $240 for an entire semester's worth of classes.

With the current tuition for a full load of classes now over $2,000, can anyone say that UCA is now seven (or more) times better an institution?

Drink the purple kool-aid all you want but if the UCA BOT had been doing its job, UCA would not have been in need of repairs and renovation.

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ARBEAR 08/07/11 - 11:21 am
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Hey sallycone...

Which trustee are you? Come on fess up!
As for meadors, he needs to cease sending out emails until he takes some remedial grammar, English and punctuation classes, because his emails and quotes are hilarious and often embarrassing to UCA staff and faculty.

ARBEAR
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ARBEAR 08/07/11 - 11:32 am
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Here is UCA President Meadors' soon to be famous email reply to

Here is Allen Meadors' memorable email reply to an Arkansas Democrat Gazette reporter that explains, in his own words, why he does not allow video taping of the upstairs area of the UCA President's residence.

"We, at the recommendation of our Police Chief (and I agree) has not agreed to once allowed video taping by outside entities of personal areas. . . Again, we did not denied access to living area, just outside video taping of this area."

SallieCone
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SallieCone 08/07/11 - 11:51 am
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Trustee CBC

I bet Meadors will gladly go to e-mail typing school about the same time you start actually using facts to base your comments on. We don't even know if that is his actual quote, it might have been worst or better. These guys usually have staff send their responses to the press anyway.

ARBEAR
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ARBEAR 08/07/11 - 12:51 pm
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@Salliecone

Don't fuss. It's his pathetic quote! Check with the reporter. I'm sure she can confirm that for ya.

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MayflowerPrincess 08/07/11 - 01:32 pm
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Little Rock

Omg, reminds me of an attorney I worked for in LR, his e-mails were horrible. He was a Hendrix graduate and UA Fayetteville law school. He's now in the Legislature. A great guy but typing and writing did not work for him.

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BatmanandRobin 08/07/11 - 04:23 pm
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It, is vary ambarrassing.

It is no secret around campus that they're feerless leador, loves his comas,,, loves TOO SHOUT, and really loves that 16 point font when he sends out his pearls of wisdom. And spell check..what's that?

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Well... 08/07/11 - 05:49 pm
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slowdown

I've known people that work at UCA my entire life and they would say you are totally off-base. Meadors is not a shouter, he will sit down and visit with anyone and he listens to them. One of my friends was sick and Meadors called him to see how he was doing. My neighbor, who has only met him once got a card from him thanking her for her 25 years of service with a personal note. So where do you get this shouting and Prima donna stuff. They do say he's doesn't drink and isn't a partyer but he doesn't care if you are as long as you give your best to UCA. So why the recurring insults to the first UCA president in a long time that is actually trying to move the university forward and not himself? Did he forget your birthday or what?

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