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Regent opposes bill to dissolve university board

The leader of the Arizona Board of Regents is speaking out against a bill that would abolish the board and reorganize higher education in the state.

Legislation proposed by Republican Sen. Andy Biggs of Gilbert would replace the regents with a separate board of trustees for each state university.

Board of Regents Chairwoman Anne Mariucci says creating separate boards would result in redundancy, duplication of programs and higher education and operation costs.

Biggs’ resolution 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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