The Arizona Board of Regents has announced that University of Arizona president Ann Weaver Hart has decided she will not be seeking a contract extension as president at the UA.
Hart released the following statement in ABOR's news release:
"During the 2016 commencement ceremony at the University of Arizona on May 13, I was struck with the realization that I was presiding over my 14th spring commencement as a university president, even as I was filled with pride in the University of Arizona. I look forward to returning to full-time faculty work as a teacher, scholar, and citizen of the University. I will dedicate my remaining time as President to continue to implement the major changes encompassed in the Never Settle strategic plan, shape a new vision and renewal for the University of Arizona honors program, solidify and strength the Academic Affiliation Agreement with Banner Health, and complete the Arizona NOW $1.5 billion fundraising campaign."
— AZ Board of Regents (@AZRegents) June 10, 2016
ABOR says they support Hart's decision. Her contract runs through June 30, 2018.
“After some time for strategic review we expect to devise and begin the search for her successor sometime in the fall," said ABOR Chairman Jay Heiler.
Hart sent the following message to colleagues and students with university emails: