Officials Tight-Lipped Over Gillean Resignation

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Officials remain tight-lipped Monday over the resignation of Jack Gillean, the long-time chief of staff at the University of Central Arkansas.

Gillean, who had been with the university since 1996, resigned abruptly via email Friday. That afternoon, at 2:56 p.m., Diane Newton, vice president for finance and administration, sent an email to President Tom Courtway that read: “I am so very sorry this has happened to you, to Jack and to all of us.  As you consider things this weekend, please know that I stand ready to accept new areas of responsibility to the F&A division either on a temporary or permanent basis.  I am here if you would like to talk.”

Newton said Monday she wrote the email to say “I was just sorry we were losing Jack.” Newton said she offered to take over Gillean’s responsibilities to help out the university.

Gillean oversaw staff and programs such as police and affirmative action

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