$700,000 Aramark gift to UCA came with condition

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    CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A $700,000 gift from Aramark to the University of Central Arkansas came with a condition that Aramark's food service contract with the university be renewed.

    At least five members of UCA's Board of Trustees say they did not know about the condition.

    A letter from Aramark district manager to UCA vice president Diane Newton calls the money an unrestricted grant contingent upon a seven year extension of Aramark's food service contract.

    UCA President Allen Meadors told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he takes responsibility for the trustees not knowing the terms of the gift. Meadors says such conditions are not unusual.

    Trustee Rush Harding III told the Log Cabin Democrat agreed the transaction is common - but said trustees should have been informed.

    (Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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