Regents Slated to Vote on UA President, Hear Campus Safety Reports

A discussion about the sole candidate for the UA presidency is the first item on the agenda Friday morning.
Feb. 15, 2012
Presidential candidate Ann Weaver Hart met with the community for the first time Monday in Gallagher Theater. (Photo by Patrick McArdle/UANews)
Presidential candidate Ann Weaver Hart met with the community for the first time Monday in Gallagher Theater. (Photo by Patrick McArdle/UANews)

The Arizona Board of Regents is set to consider a multiple-year contract for University of Arizona presidential candidate Ann Weaver Hart when it meets this week at Arizona State University.

The regents announced last week that Hart, currently president at Temple University, is the sole candidate. Hart spent Monday and Tuesday in Tucson, meeting with the community on Monday evening and with UA employees and students on Tuesday afternoon. (Click here for related Lo Que Pasa story on the employee forums.)

Her contract would begin July 1 and run through June 30, 2015, with an annual salary of $475,000, an annual housing allowance of $50,000 and an annual car allowance of $10,000, as well as reimbursement up to $20,000 for moving expenses.

The board meets Thursday and Friday.

Also on the agenda are reports from the Enterprise Executive Committee and a campus safety update from the universities.

The Enterprise Executive Committee reports will come from the three university presidents, who will highlight two areas in the Enterprise Plan adopted by the regents over the summer.

The plan includes key metrics and annual targets for the three state universities and the university system as a whole in the areas of productivity, research excellence, educational excellence and access, and community engagement and work force impact. The universities used those key indicators when drafting their five-year strategic plans.

UA Provost Jacqueline Mok said President Eugene G. Sander will use his presentation to build on the concepts presented at the December meeting, regarding the new Tech Launch Arizona and the commercialization of the University's research.

Later in the day, representatives from each of the three universities' police departments will talk to the regents about campus safety, in response to the Legislature's ongoing attempts to pass legislation that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

The UA Police Department will discuss how it has established a strong violence prevention program through its partnerships across campus and in the Tucson community, Mok said.

The 2002 College of Nursing shootings taught the UA a lot about how to respond to such situations, she said.

"We learned from an incredibly sad tragedy how to deal with campus safety issues and really emphasize education and prevention," Mok said.

Other items before the regents include:

  • A presentation by Allison Jones, vice president of Achieve, on PARCC, a 25-state federally funded consortium to develop K-12 assessments, and the role of higher education in their development and use. Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington.
  • The UA will seek approval to sell bonds to finance the north end zone project at Arizona Stadium and various minor intercollegiate athletics projects.
  • The University will ask for approval to enter into an
    intergovernmental agreement with Pima County for research space at the new county wastewater treatment campus for the UA wastewater research program. The agreement would have an anticipated term of 10 years
    with options for renewal. The UA would pay the cost of operation and maintenance of its space in lieu of rent.