University of Arizona
Regents tap Temple president to lead UA
School could have first female head
The Arizona Board of Regents has selected Ann Weaver Hart, the president of Temple University, to lead the University of Arizona, according to a Tuesday announcement.
Hart 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.
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. Except for the two finalists for the position, the names of the 80 applicants were not released. It's not known if Hart applied for the job.
Hart, 62, 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.
Calling Hart a "dynamic leader with a distinguished resume and an impeccable track record of successfully managing and advancing world-class research institutions," Regents' Chair Fred DuVal said in a news release that she "will be a tremendous asset to the UA."
Hart will visit the UA next Monday to meet with faculty and students.
If confirmed by the Board of Regents, she would be the first woman to lead the 127-year-old school.
Terms of Hart's potential contract here were not disclosed. Sander's base salary as UA president is $425,000; Shelton's was $470,000, with benefits and other perks that pushed his total compensation to $633,000. Arizona State University President Michael Crow's compensation package totals over $720,000.
None of the other candidates for the UA post were identified by the Regents.
Hart did not immediately respond to a request for an interview. Her office at Temple said that a spokesman in the university's media relations department "is handling all of the press."