February Friends of UA


Dear Friend of UA, As the spring semester rolls along, there is a great energy building here at the University of Arizona.

February 20, 2015



Dear Friend of UA,


As the spring semester rolls along, there is a great energy building here at the University of Arizona. A speaker series featuring UA faculty members who have been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” recently began, a planning session took place for the UA’s role in helping Mexico develop an extension system based on the one here in Arizona, and earlier this month we gave a presentation on the progress of the UA’s Never Settle strategic academic and business plan to the Arizona Board of Regents.


University of Arizona reports on the state of the Never Settle program at the February 2015 meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents. The event was hosted by UA at the North Ballroom of the Student Union.


Of critical importance to our success this past year (and going into the future) is the fact that the plan is explicitly designed to evolve over time in a way that continually reintegrates the academic goals and aspirations of the campus community with the pragmatic business decisions that are necessary for our success. Effective strategic planning is not easy, but it is a vital tool for the UA to make decisions about its future. With the hard work of people from throughout our campus community, we have much to show for our efforts over the past year.


For instance, two signature achievements came to fruition recently that I want to highlight. First, as you may know, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a groundbreaking agreement between the University, the UA Health Network (UAHN), and Banner Health. The agreement is a wonderful example of how our strategic emphasis on partnering, which is written into the heart of the Never Settle plan, is enabling the UA’s success and driving our ability to achieve our mission on behalf of the state.


Another very important example that I was extremely happy to announce during the presentation to the Arizona Board of Regents is the UA’s new agreement with Dubai, which grew out of our core strengths and historic relationships with alumni and supporters throughout the region. Through this agreement, the UA will be engaged as a major player and the scientific planning partner in the Dubai 2020 World Expo. The significance of this agreement cannot be overstated, as the Expo will help shape a new model of international cooperation and partnership that has the potential to create greater understanding and prosperity around the world.


As we move forward, the Never Settle plan will continue to drive the UA’s mission on behalf of Arizona. Our expectations for the next year are high. In the Engaging pillar of Never Settle we are expanding the 100% Engagement initiative by embedding it in the online undergraduate experience and expanding by a minimum of 20% the number of organizations providing internships and using UAOnline for their workforce’s benefit. In the Innovating pillar we are responding to increasingly scarce federal research investment by focusing even more on core strengths while finding new innovative ways to succeed, including deeper partnerships with high performance companies. In Partnering we are entering into focused strategic partnerships that transform the way we do business and bring a whole new level of economic development and prestige to the state of Arizona. And in Synergy we are transforming the way we do business by incentivizing entrepreneurial solutions from units across campus while setting better goals and priorities on behalf of the state. You can read more about our accomplishments from the past in this month’s insert.


After fourteen months of implementing the Never Settle plan, I am more convinced than ever that it is the right plan for the University and for the state. With its priorities driving our work over the next year, I am very excited to see what accomplishments we will be able to share with all of our supporters in 2016.


With these and other efforts in place, the UA has a bright future of student success. Thank you for your continued support.




Ann Weaver Hart
University of Arizona





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