Ann Weaver Hart takes the stage at the University of Arizona

UA Presidential Candidate Begins Public Meetings:  Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart, who is a candidate for the UA’s top administrative position, spoke on campus Monday in one of a series of events to introduce her to the community.

In her first formal introduction to the University of Arizona and regional communities, Ann Weaver Hart emphasized the necessity for the social, cultural and economic aspects of the institution and the broader community to be interdependent, aiding in the betterment of human knowledge and opportunity.
Ann Weaver Hart Intro

Ann Weaver Hart, currently president of Temple University, spoke before hundreds of attendees in the UA’s Gallagher Theater on Feb. 13, emphasizing her vision for the UA should she be chosen to lead the institution as its chief executive.                                                            (Photo credit: Patrick McArdle/UANews)

Arizona Board of Regents members have led the search for the UA’s 21st president and are planning to discuss a decision Feb. 17 during a regularly scheduled board meeting, which will be held at Arizona State University.

Hart shared several personal and professional experiences that she said has shaped her thinking about the important role of higher education.

She explained that she pursued her graduate studies while she and her husband raised four daughters – each of them now college-educated with eight children between them.

Hart later served as a faculty member, a dean and, eventually, university president, among other positions. In referencing her current place in life, Hart said it has been “a lifetime culmination of a career for me,” adding that each “has added a new skill and new love.”

For Hart, higher education is clearly associated with improving peoples’ lives, whether it is through artistic and cultural exchanges, the transference of technology to practical use or the practice of engaging students in research. It is through that integration of social, cultural and economic realms, she said, that substantive benefit and change can occur.

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Article by La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications, February 13, 2012


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