U of A Spokesman Fired After Heated Meeting
University of Arkansas vice chancellor Chris Wyrick (left) and former UA spokesman John Diamond. (Photo by UA Athletic Media Relations)
David Gearhart, chancellor of the University of Arkansas, told reporters Monday that he “and many members of the senior team” had lost confidence in the university’s chief spokesman, John Diamond, months before Diamond’s immediate supervisor, Chris Wyrick, decided to fire him after a particularly rancorous meeting on Thursday.
Diamond acknowledged to Arkansas Business that Gearhart had been unhappy with his service as far back as January, when they disagreed over how to respond to media demands for information on a budgeting shortfall in the University Advancement division.
“There is no question in my mind that the disillusionment that Dave Gearhart had with me had to do with my attempt to follow the [Freedom of Information Act] law and dealing with the media in general,” Diamond said. He was contacted by telephone after the briefing held in Gearhart’s office in Fayetteville, which included Wyrick and at least six other UA officials.
Prior to the briefing, the UA released correspondence between Wyrick, who took over as vice chancellor for university advancement earlier this year, and Diamond, who remains associate vice chancellor for university relations until his 30-day notice expires on Sept. 22. Read more from our partners at ArkansasBusiness.com