by Max Brantley
Here, it's trustee Mike Akin of Monticello striking a deal to build a private retirement center on the campus at UA-Monticello. He's getting a 50-year ground lease for $100,000 down and a minmum lease of about $830 a month.
Akin is not the first UA trustee to do business with the university. And perhaps there's a need for leeway for the university to do business with trustees who provide goods or services available nowhere else. (This isn't one of those cases.) But I don't see how the public can think it's getting a tough examination of a business deal when proposed by a colleague on this very exclusive club of mostly very wealthy and politically connected men.
Akin has a record for this sort of thing, winning tax incentives from the state while a member of the state Economic Development Commission.