Ann Weaver Hart
Ann Weaver Hart is the 21st President of the University of Arizona, a role she assumed in July 2012.
Joining the UA in the years following the Great Recession, President Hart has successfully led efforts to create and implement a fully integrated strategic academic and business plan for the first time in the UA’s history. That plan, Never Settle, guides strategic decision-making so that the University will remain a source of world-class education, research, and impact despite the many challenges facing public higher education today. Key achievements include a historic agreement with Banner Health that will support the UA’s biosciences research initiatives while creating a foundation for statewide excellence in clinical healthcare, groundbreaking international partnerships with the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Expo 2020 Dubai, and a renewed commitment to invest in higher education from Arizona’s state government. With this model of community, academic, and business partnership, the University will enhance the quality of life for the people of Arizona and the world by addressing real-world problems and opportunities as they arise in real time.
Dr. Hart came to Tucson from Temple University, where she served as president from July 2006 to July 2012. Previously, she served as president of the University of New Hampshire and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. At the University of Utah, she served as professor of educational leadership, dean of the Graduate School and special assistant to the president.
In addition to her role at the UA, President Hart is a member of the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Board of Advisors, and she is an advisor for the Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hart is also a member of the Board of Directors of DeVry Education Group. President Hart serves with a number of organizations in and around Arizona, including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Executive Committee and Greater Phoenix Leadership. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Sun Corridor Chairman’s Circle, the Arizona State Board of Education, the Udall Foundation, and the Board of the Tucson Festival of Books.
Dr. Hart has received numerous professional and community service awards for her work, including the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; the Girl Scouts of the USA Take the Lead Award; the Jack Culbertson Award in Educational Administration from the University Council for Educational Administration; and the PoWer Award from the Professional Women’s Roundtable. She was named one of Arizona’s fifty most influential women by Arizona Business Magazine in 2013, continuing a record of community recognition that includes being named one of the “Ten to Watch in 2010” as the “Transformer” and as one of the “People to Watch 2007” by the Philadelphia Business Journal, one of the “50 most powerful people in Philadelphia” in 2009 by the Philadelphia Magazine, and one of the ten most powerful people in New Hampshire by Business New Hampshire Magazine.
President Hart received three degrees from the University of Utah: a bachelor of science and master of arts in history, and a doctorate in educational administration. In addition to serving as the president of the University of Arizona, Dr. Hart holds an appointment as professor of educational policy studies & practice in the College of Education.