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UA president candidate to speak at forum

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The sole candidate to be the next University of Arizona president, Ann Weaver Hart, will speak at a public forum Monday afternoon, in the main public event of a two-day visit to the campus.

Hart will appear at a meeting at the UA Student Union's Gallagher Theater at 4:30 p.m. Eugene Sander, who has filled the UA president's chair on an interim basis after the resignation of Robert Shelton, will speak, as will members of the Board of Regents.

The event will be webcast by Arizona Public Media.

Hart is scheduled to meet with reporters after the public forum. She has not spoken with the Tucson media since she was announced last week as the sole candidate for the post by the Board of Regents.

Tuesday afternoon, Hart is slated to meet with representatives of the UA's faculty, students and staff in short public sessions. She will also attend a number of invitation-only events.

Currently the president of Temple University, she said in September that she would leave that post at the end of the academic year in June.

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.

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.

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