UA Officials Want Legislative OK on Shifting Funds

JANUARY 3, 2007 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - State funds that Governor Huckabee announced would be released to research cancer, diabetes and obesity won't be available until the University of Arkansas System is satisfied that legislative concerns about the arrangement are met. That's from U-A System President B. Alan Sugg.

Sugg says university officials would lobby the Legislature for authority to shift the money from one campus to another.

Huckabee announced December 28th that two million dollars in state money that the governor's office controls would be given to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for a cancer research center to be named in honor of the late Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller. The money would also establish the Doctor Philip Kern endowed chair to further research in diabetes and obesity.

State finance officials say most of that money wasn't given directly to UAMS but to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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