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UA President may be ousted a year early

Posted at 5:46 AM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 08:55:32-04

The State Board of Regents announced they do not want to wait until President Hart's contract ends in 2018 for the new president to step in. They said a new University of Arizona president will hopefully be selected and in place by the summer of 2017-one full year sooner than was anticipated. 

The board did not say what role Hart would have on campus after her replacement takes over. She originally planned to stay on as a faculty member after she stepped down as president in 2018. Now, Regents' chairman Greg Patterson says the search for a replacement is being rushed. 

A months-long process is now beginning to find the new president. The first step will be appointing a committee to help the board and evaluate prospects. Patterson is in the process of choosing that committee, and he is expected to announce the members mid-September. 

This all started earlier this year after President Hart drew a lot of criticism for joining the board of the company that operates for-profit DeVry University.

In June, Hart announced she would not renew her contract as president. She has held that position since 2012.

The regents are asking for public comment on the search process if you want to offer your opinion.