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UPDATE: Former chief of staff of UCA turns himself in

Former chief of staff turned himself in, bonds out.

Posted: October 5, 2012 - 10:37am
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UPDATE: Days after an arrest warrant was issued for Jack Gillean, the former chief of staff at the University of Central Arkansas, he turned himself into the Faulkner County Jail at 10:12 a.m., Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said Wednesday morning.

Gillean, 55, of Hot Springs, bonded out of jail at 10:23 a.m. with a bond of $17,825 and an arraignment date of Nov. 19, Hiland said.

A message left at Gillean’s attorney’s office this morning (Oct. 10) has not yet been returned.




UPDATE: Despite telling an investigator this weekend he would turn himself in, Jack Gillean — the former chief of staff at the University of Central Arkansas — has not done so and law enforcement have not found him to arrest him, Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said Tuesday.

"Mr. Gillean has two options, he can turn himself into authorities, or when law enforcement catches up to him, he can be arrested," Hiland said.

Gillean was charged Friday with several felonies and a misdemeanor for allowing a student to use his keys to steal test exams, for insurance fraud and for filing a false financial statement. As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Gillean remained unaccounted for.

Should he turn himself in, his bond would be about $17,000, Hiland said.

Gillean's last known address is in Hot Springs.


A former longtime chief of staff at the University of Central Arkansas gave his university keys to a student who stole test exams, Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said Friday.

That same administrator filed an untrue insurance claim and lied on a credit application before he resigned suddenly from his post June 15, according to documents filed at the Faulkner County Courthouse on Friday morning.

Jack Gillean, who had been with UCA since 1996, is charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor — three felony counts of commercial burglary, one felony count of insurance fraud and one misdemeanor count of issuing a false financial statement.

Gillean joins two other UCA officials who have been charged with wrongdoing.

Former President Allen Meadors is expected to be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a public document Nov. 19. The president before Meadors, Lu Hardin, was convicted of wire fraud and money laundering in 2011.

UCA spokesman Jeff Pitchford said President Tom Courtway had no comment on the latest charges against Gillean.

If found guilty, Gillean could face 36 years maximum for all felony counts. An arrest warrant has been issued, but Gillean had not been arrested as of about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Hiland said.

Gillean could not be reached for comment Friday. He did not respond to a message left on his Facebook account, and his cell phone number has been disconnected. His last known address is in Hot Springs, according to Hiland.

No one was at a Conway apartment that Gillean had rented as of last year Friday afternoon.

The charges against Gillean stem from police catching a man who used master keys to break into McCastlain Hall earlier this year.

On June 11, a UCA employee reported a break-in and theft of medication in McCastlain Hall. After investigating, UCA police discovered video that allowed the employee to identify Cameron Stark, a former student worker in the President’s Office, according to the affidavit. When police arrested Stark at his Conway home, he told them the keys used to break into the office and building were in his front pocket, the affidavit said.

Those keys belonged to Gillean, according to the affidavit.

“Cameron Stark stated that former UCA Chief of Staff Jack Gillean had given him a set of keys in order for Cameron Stark to break into professors’ offices at the university to steal exams so he could cheat on tests. Cameron Stark stated he had done this approximately 15-20 times,” according to the affidavit.

Gillean reported his master key lost in November or December 2011, spokeswoman Venita Jenkins said in email previously.

Stark did not respond to a message left on his Facebook account. His attorney, Angela Byrd, did not return a message seeking comment Friday. Hiland confirmed Stark was given immunity.

Pitchford said Stark is not enrolled at UCA, but the spokesman cited privacy concerns and would not say whether Stark had finished his degree at UCA.

In the affidavit, several unnamed witnesses confirmed Stark’s story about Gillean handing over keys and his identification card — those keys and card granted Stark access to almost any building and office on campus. Stark said in the affidavit that he used those keys to steal information from Laney Hall, Irby Hall and the Lewis Science Center between Feb. 13, 2011 and April 23, 2011.

Gillean was present for at least one break in, according to documents.

“Jack Gillean was present with Cameron Stark and personally used his Best Master Key to break into the Lewis Science Center Building and Dr. Vorha’s office allowing Cameron Stark access to steal exams,” according to the affidavit.

One witness said in the affidavit Stark asked repeatedly for keys to steal tests and that he had seen Gillean handing over those keys so often that it became “the norm.”

When contacted by the Log Cabin Democrat previously, one witness said he did not want to comment on the case.

The witness who saw Gillean handing over keys repeatedly, also said Gillean joked with Stark about “studying more often,” according to the affidavit.

Police found evidence that the Lewis center was broken into “using Jack Gillean’s Best Master Key.”

That key allows access to almost any building or office on campus and is not supposed to be given to anyone besides the person to whom it was issued. Another key, the Schlage Key, allows access to some of the older offices on campus and is also not supposed to be given to anyone other than the person to whom it was issued, according to the affidavit.

The UCA Identification Card that belonged to Gillean can be used to gain access to Wingo Hall, ADEM Facility and Laney Hall. That card was used five times to access Laney Hall during the spring semester, according to the affidavit.

Gillean signed paperwork agreeing not to give anyone his master key but failed to sign a similar agreement for the Schlage Key.

Once in the building, a Schlage Key — a key issued to Jack Gillean on March 7, 2011, and found on Stark during arrest — was used to break into an office “where the exams were located and then stolen,” according to the affidavit.

Gillean gave his Best Master Key to Stark and asked the UCA Physical plant for a Schlage Key that he then gave to Stark, knowing those keys were “for the purpose of breaking into buildings and stealing exams,” according to the affidavit.

Other witnesses said in the affidavit that Stark gave them exams prior to the exam date. Another said he was with Stark during one break-in. Yet another witness confronted Gillean about the break-ins, asking Gillean “about giving Cameron Stark the master key to school and what he was doing with it. Jack Gillean responded, ‘I know. I know,’” according to the affidavit.

No charges are pending against witnesses, Hiland said.

Gillean fired Stark from his student worker position in late April 2011 and ended their “personal relationship” after Stark was involved in an accident on Irby Drive while driving Gillean’s motorcycle, according to courthouse documents. Student worker personnel files are not open to the public, Pitchford said.

Later, Gillean filed an insurance claim that stated he “had been riding his motorcycle — not Cameron Stark,” according to the affidavit. A witness had seen Stark’s accident and thought the motorcycle “looked like the motorcycle Jack Gillean drove to work and parked at the university.” Gillean received $4,631 to replace the 2009 Kawasaki EX650 motorcycle.

Police also found that Gillean had falsified a credit application to help a man with whom he had a “domestic partnership” buy a 2011 Ford Mustang, according to the affidavit. Gillean lied to the local automotive dealer and said the man, with whom he lived, was “assistant chief of staff for the University of Central Arkansas with a salary of $2,500 monthly in order to secure the credit for the automobile,” according to the affidavit. Gillean and the man both signed the application, but the man has since become a witness.

The affidavit addresses break-ins between March 8 and April 23, 2011, but in January 2012 faculty in McAlister and McCastlain halls reported paperwork rifled through and thefts when their offices had been locked several times. In some cases, medication was stolen, according to police incident reports. Even though missing drugs originally lead to Stark in June, no drug charges have been filed against Stark or Gillean.

Hiland said the case against Gillean is ongoing and more charges could be filed.

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ucantbserious 10/05/12 - 10:41 am

UCA: The center of corruption

DJB1971 10/05/12 - 10:46 am
ucantbserious 10/05/12 - 10:49 am

"Hello, I make $147k a year but I still gots to burgle."

i_wonder 10/05/12 - 10:56 am

"in addition to one count of fraudulent insurance acts, also a felony"

Yikes, cheating on a test is one thing, but when you start hitting an insurance company's wallet, you better have a good attorney.

BigDaddyD 10/05/12 - 11:23 am
Who is next?

And why did enrollment drop?

NoKidding 10/12/12 - 07:20 pm
Enrollment dropped.

When UCA dropped that Lu-math.

SCABears 10/05/12 - 11:38 am
Not UCA graduate

Mr. Gillean and Mr. Courtway are Hendrix graduates and lawyers none of their degrees are from UCA.

regular_joe 10/05/12 - 02:24 pm
re: not UCA graduate

be careful who you tar with that brush. and Tom Courtway is fixing your problems at UCA, not causing them.

Wonder where Mark Bailey went to college.

conwayexpat 10/07/12 - 03:23 am
Great Point

Finally, someone points out the relevant fact.

- Win Thompson - landed UCA on AAUP's censure list when he ruined John Lammers's career. Degrees from University of Arkansas and University of Chicago

- Luther Hardin - lands 5 years of probation after falsifying documents asserting that he can be awarded a bonus illegally. Degrees from Arkansas Tech University and University of Arkansas.

- Allen Meadors - lands charges of document tampering after arranging an undisclosed deal with Aramark to rennovate his publically funded home. Degrees from UCA, Univeristy of Northern Colorado, University of Kansas, and Southern Illinois - Cabondale.

I'm sure that Hendrix has had its share of nut jobs. But we shouldn't let that obscure the fact that UCA has had an overwhelming number of corrupt officials. If we want to support the community and Conway's advancement, now is not the time to point fingers at this college or that; rather, it's time to find strong leadership that supports academic freedom. Once academic freedom takes root, nothing can stop UCA from becoming a powerhouse for the local economy.

Blaming everything on Hendrix? Meh . . .

Snowless76 10/08/12 - 06:45 pm
More background


Good background on the those three. Here's a little more information from the past.

-Win Thompson-was in constant war with the faculty, spent hundreds of thousands adding on to the president's residence and was often at odds with the Governor/legislature and various board members on numerous issues. Was known for his controling style. On the positive side, he greatly improved the looks of the campus; numerous new buildings were erected during his tenure; built the retirement facility on campus; and he got the University's first doctorate program. Was bought out by the board

-Lu Hardin-agree to plea to two felonies to have other charges dropped and not have to go to court. Lu was famous for playing golf nearly everyday and flying friends to golf tournaments on UCA's dime. Allow many of the older buildings to fall behind in routine maintenance. Was famous for spending money the University didn't have. Put the University in terrible financial shape-Moody downgraded its financial rating. On the positive side, while getting his name in the paper and his picture on billboards he also greatly raised the public knowledge of UCA. He moved UCA from Division II to Division I in sports. He had the newspapers eating out of his hands. Had great faculty and staff support until his misgivings were made public.He had incredible support from his former colleagues in the legislature and while Governor Huck was in office, he had his total support. He could sell heaters in H___;he was a heck of a golfer; and he got the new business building built. Was a master at getting publicity for the University and himself. Was bought out by the board

-Allen Meadors-has been charged with one misdemeanor after 12 months of investigation- accused of soliciting an employee to throw away a copy of a letter from Aramark-should go to court after the first of the year. He was a real let down after the outward going president Hardin. Major upgraded to the athletic facilities. He was dished for having stamped concrete used instead of regular concrete around campus. He was the only president in the last 70 years to not be living in Arkansas when selected. Never got along with the adg. On the positive side, faculty/staff got their only raise in the last six years; major improvements were made to many of the older buildings on campus;returned nearly a half-million dollars from being spent on athletics back to academics; Bear Hall; and Moody upgraded the University's financial status three times during his presidency. Was bought out by the board.

Ever campus has their share of problems but should always be looking to cleanse itself of them. It is important to note that share governance should be the mainstay on all campuses. UCA has a strong faculty and wants to share in the governance process. It does not like being mislead as with the current issues of coaches raises.

The last presidency to come from the faculty was Jeff Farris and the only one that the faculty truly supported on merit. The board bought him out as well.

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