Ecclesia College - Encyclopedia of Arkansas: "t was announced in February 2016 that classes would be offered in the school's new David Barton College of Political Science in fall 2016.
On March 2, 2017, federal charges were filed against President Oren Paris III, as well as state Senator Jon Woods of Springdale and Randell Shelton Jr. According to the indictment, from 2013 to 2015, Woods and state Representative Micah Neal, also of Springdale, directed hundreds of thousands of dollars in state money from the General Improvement Fund (GIF) to Ecclesia College in order to enrich Paris, who paid bribes back to the legislators through a company set up by Shelton. Rep. Neal had already pleaded guilty by the time of the indictment and was cooperating with government investigators."
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