We will strengthen existing relationships and build new collaborations to take the University of Arizona to even higher levels of achievement, working to solve the 21st century's most complex, global challenges.
—Dr. Robert C. Robbins
Presidential Advisory Commission Recommends Steps for UArizona's Continuing Leadership in Desert Agriculture
In December 2022, I commissioned a report on the future of agriculture and food production in Arizona as we address the threats posed by a drying climate.
Today, the Presidential Advisory Commission on the Future of Agriculture and Food Production in a Drying Climate issued that report. The report provides a path forward for the University of Arizona and our state, which the authors have described as a “critical contributor to national food security.”
Tragedy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
As many of you may already know, earlier today the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suffered the loss of a faculty member in a fatal shooting on the school’s campus. UNC officials have not yet identified the victim or suspect, who is in custody.
While details of motive and circumstance are not yet known to the public, this tragic news from one of our peer institutions sadly echoes the loss of Dr. Thomas Meixner here in Tucson nearly a year ago.
Big 12 Conference
I am pleased to share that the University of Arizona will join the Big 12 Conference in all sports beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year.
As many of you know, athletics serves as the front porch for the University of Arizona, as it is a rallying point for alumni and fans and creates pride in our community both here in Arizona and around the world. Arizona Athletics is positioned well for long-term success, as our goal always was to secure a bright future for our student-athletes, fans, and the entire university community.
New Congressional bill aimed at confronting NIL challenges facing NCAA athletes released
Congress on. Wednesday will take up legislation to widen opportunities for collegiate athletes to make money from their name, image and likeness. Two Democrats, Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Rep. Lori Trahan of Massachusetts, will introduce matching bills that would allow athletes from foreign countries to engage in NIL activities while in the United States. Current U.S. student visa rules regarding work by thousands of foreign students make it virtually impossible for them to accept NIL deals the way U.S. athletes can. In early June, Trahan, a former Division I volleyball player, was among those invited to give remarks at a Capitol reception hosted by the University of Arizona as part of a "Future of College Sports" event.
Robbins announces changes to the future of University of Arizona's medical programs
University of Arizona Health Sciences has come a long way since the College of Medicine's founding in 1967 and is uniquely poised to help address Arizona's long-term health care needs, President Robert C. Robbins said in a presentation to the Arizona Board of Regents.