|Updated: 4/02/2012 10:49 pm
||Published: 4/02/2012 7:25 pm
CONWAY, AR – After months of controversy, a food service contract is awarded to Aramark Foods in agreement with University of Central Arkansas.
The vote comes months after the former president resigned when reports surfaced showing Aramark would give $700,000 to renovate the president’s home.
In exchange, the company would be given a service contract extension.
But newly selected Tom Courtway says there no such promise in the agreement made today.
“There were two bids submitted. A committee on this campus evaluated it. They concluded Aramark was the better one to go with and that's what we did,” said Courtway.
The board also appointed a committee to oversee any future modifications at the home.
“You’ve got a balance of University property as well as a private home. So you have to take both sides into the equation and make sure public money is spent the way public money should be spent,” said trustee Elizabeth Farris.
Courtway and his wife moved into the home last month and they have already made some minor changes.
“We have two granddaughters. They are 8 and 4 and we love them very much. There is an upstairs bedroom and we asked that be painted pink. They love purple with UCA colors. But they wanted it pink. So we painted it pink,“ said Courtway.
A university spokesperson says the paint was paid for personally by Courtway.