UCA President Says Board Should Say More About His Raise

CONWAY, AR - University of Central Arkansas president Lu Hardin says his school's trustees should better explain votes they take on salary matters, after they approved a promised $300,000 pay package.

Trustees approved the sped-up package two months ago, giving Hardin an additional $60,000 a year for five years on top of his $253,000 annual salary.  However, meeting minutes and notes did not reflect the package, only that the board voted on a series of personel decisions in a single block vote.

Hardin said yesterday that he very likely might ask trustees to vote again on the pay package during an upcoming public meeting.  However, the former state senator who worked on Arkanasas' Freedom of Information Act laws while in the Legislature said the vote previously taken was valid and it was an ancillary matter.  He said that it wasn't handled perfectly, but there wasn't a clandestine motive.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)