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Posted Feb 17, 2012, 9:39 am
Ann Weaver Hart was named the 21st head of the University of Arizona on Friday. The first woman to lead the 127-year-old school, Hart was given a three-year, $620,000 contract by the state Board of Regents.
Hart's term will begin July 1. She will replace Eugene Sander, who filled in as the UA's head after Robert Shelton stepped down a year ago. Shelton left to head up the scandal-plagued Fiesta Bowl.
The Regents "have the utmost confidence that she will lead the University of Arizona to new heights," said ABOR Chair Bob McLendon in a press release.
"I am honored to have this opportunity to work with the entire university community – students, faculty, administrators, regents, alumni and friends – and the state of Arizona to advance UA's mission and lead the university through its next growth phase," Hart said in the release.
Hart's contract includes $475,000 in base pay, a $50,000 annual housing allowance, $10,000 yearly for a car, and $85,500 yearly toward a cash-balance pension plan.
She will also receive a "transition expense payment" of $100,000 "to be paid from non-university funds" and up to $20,000 for moving expenses.
Hart will also be eligible for performance incentives that are yet undetermined. Those will be set by next October, and assessed at the end of the contract.
Hart announced last September that she was stepping down from her post at Temple at the end of the academic year in June 2012.
She said then that she would move to Utah to be nearer her ailing mother. In announcing her resignation from Temple, she said that the school needed a president who could make a multi-year commitment. Her $700,000 contract there was year-to-year.
The University of Utah chose a new president just last month. While sidestepping questions about having been a candidate for that position, Hart said she "looked at" the Utah job, along with leadership positions at other schools.
Hart, 63, has led the Philadelphia university since 2006. Before taking that post, she was president of the University of New Hampshire, beginning in 2002.
Before becoming an academic administrator, Hart taught educational leadership and policy at the University of Utah in the '80s. The Salt Lake City native holds a bachelor of science in history, master of arts in history, and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Utah.