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UA President Hart to not seek contract extension

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 20:32:50-04

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." 



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:

"Dear colleagues:
I wanted you to know that I have decided not to request an extension of my current contract with the Board of Regents but to complete my tenure as president of the University of Arizona at the end of academic year 2018 and return to the full time faculty.  The regents have been supportive and helpful in discussions with me about my wishes, and we are united in our enthusiasm about the future of the University of Arizona.
During this spring's commencement ceremony, I was struck with the realization that I was presiding over my 14th commencement as a university president.  I was filled with pride in the University of Arizona and in all that we have accomplished and will accomplish in the years ahead.  Now is the time to plan for the future that we spoke about with such enthusiasm to our graduates.
This is a natural choice and one that all of us must make some time in our lives.  I am excited for the years ahead working on behalf of this great university.
To all of you:  Thank you so much for your past, present, and future contributions to the University of Arizona and BEAR DOWN."