Tuesday, February 7, 2012

UA Has New President (Probably)

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

According to a UA press release, the nation-wide search for a new president is over. The Arizona Board of Regents named Ann Weaver Hart president and her formal introduction to the UA campus is Monday, Feb. 13.

Hart is the current president of Temple University, and has had past posts as president of the University of New Hampshire, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Claremont Graduate University. She also worked as a professor of educational leadership, dean of the Graduate School and special assistant to the president at the University of Utah.

From the release, which you can also read in its entirety here:

"Dr. Hart is a dynamic leader with a distinguished resume and an impeccable track record of successfully managing and advancing world-class research institutions," said ABOR Chair Fred DuVal. "We are extremely pleased that Dr. Hart has agreed to pursue the presidency at the UA. Her extensive background as an accomplished chief executive officer and experience in academic medicine will be a tremendous asset to the UA and the entire state."

During her six-year tenure as president of Temple University — America's 27th largest university and home to the academic medical center Temple University Health System — Hart is responsible for taking Temple's academic reputation to new heights. She has significantly increased undergraduate and graduate applications while raising the academic qualifications of incoming students; produced an institutional record number of Fulbright scholars; improved the freshman retention rate and time to degree; grown research expenditures by nearly $30 million; fostered technology transfer and economic development efforts; and advanced Temple's ranking with the National Science Foundation seven spots. The Chronicle of Higher Education cites Temple's graduation rate as increasing at the second fastest rate among public research universities nationwide, a feat accomplished under Hart's leadership.

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