Ex-UCA official surrenders to face charges


CONWAY — A former chief of staff at the University of Central Arkansas surrendered to police Wednesday to face felony and misdemeanor charges relating to thefts at the university.

Jack Gillean, 55, of Hot Springs, turned himself in at the Faulkner County Jail and was released on a $17,825 bond, Prosecutor Cody Hilandsaid. Arraignment was set for Nov. 12.

Prosecutors allege Gillean allowed a student to use his university keys to steal test exams, and he is also accused of insurance fraud and of filing a false financial statement, the Log Cabin Democrat reported.

An arrest warrant was issued for Gillean on Friday. He is charged with three felony counts of commercial burglary, one felony count of filing a false insurance claim and one misdemeanor count of issuing a false financial statement.

Gillean, who had worked for UCA since 1996 before his abrupt resignation in June, is the most recent official of the university to be accused of wrongdoing. Former UCA President Allen Meadors is expected to be arraigned Nov. 19 on a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a public document in relation to a proposed gift to the university from one of its vendors to pay for repairs at the UCA president’s residence.

The former UCA chief Meadors succeeded, Lu Hardin, was convicted of wire fraud and money laundering in 2011 involving circumstances surrounding a $300,000 bonus he secretly received from the university under false pretenses.