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Lawmaker would abolish Arizona Board of Regents

Tom Anderes, president of the Arizona Board of Regents; Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University; Robert N. Shelton, president of the University of Arizona; and John D. Haeger, president of Northern Arizona University. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Lauren Gambino)

(From left): Tom Anderes, president of the Arizona Board of Regents; Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University; Robert N. Shelton, president of the University of Arizona; and John D. Haeger, president of Northern Arizona University. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Lauren Gambino)

An Arizona legislator is proposing that the state board that oversees the entire public university system be eliminated and replaced with separate boards of trustees for each state university.

Legislation proposed by Republican Sen. Andy Biggs of Gilbert for consideration by a committee on Tuesday also would change funding formulas for universities and community colleges. It also would make the Arizona State University East Campus in Mesa a separate university — Arizona Polytechnic University.

Arizona now has three state universities — the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.

A separate resolution also proposed by Biggs would submit the idea of eliminating the Board of Regents to voters at the next general election. Passage would have the Legislature then create separate university boards.

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