Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona Board of Regents Seal
|Type||Publicly funded by Government of Arizona|
|Purpose||State university system governing board|
Arizona State University|
University of Arizona
Northern Arizona University
The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) is the governing body of Arizona's public university system, providing policy guidance to Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona and their branch campuses.
The Governor of Arizona appoints eight volunteer members for staggered eight-year terms; two students serve on the Board for two-year appointments, with the first year being a non-voting apprentice year. The Governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction serve as voting ex officio members. The ABOR provides "policy guidance" and oversight to the three major degree-granting universities, as provided for by Title 15 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.
The Board of Regents is a constitutionally created body corporate. It exists on a plane equivalent to that of the Legislature. Arizona universities have no independent legal existence but are extensions of the Board.
In 1885, the Territorial Legislature authorized the establishment of the University of Arizona and provided for the management, direction, governance, and control by a Board of Regents. The state colleges, one in Tempe and one in Flagstaff, were governed by a three-member State Board of Education that included the Superintendent of Public Instruction and two members appointed by the Governor.
In March 1945, the Governor signed a law uniting the governing boards of the university and state colleges of Arizona. The authority of the Board of Regents expanded to include the Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe (since 1958 Arizona State University), and Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff (since 1966 Northern Arizona University).
Bill Ridenour (Paradise Valley) Chairman Term Expires: 2022
Ron Shoopman (Tucson) Vice Chairman Term Expires: 2022
Ram Krishna (Yuma) Secretary Term Expires: June 2020
Jay Heiler (Paradise Valley) Treasurer Term Expires: 2020
Rick Myers (Tucson) Term Expires: 2018
Larry Penley (Phoenix) Term Expires: 2018
Karrin Taylor Robson (Phoenix) Term Expires: 2020
Lyndel Manson (Flagstaff) Term Expires: 2024
Vianney Careaga (Tucson) Student Voting Term Expires: 2018
Aundrea DeGravina (Tempe) Student Non-Voting Term Expires: 2019
Ex Officio Members
Doug Ducey Governor of Arizona
Diane Douglas Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction