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Arizona Budget Fight Heats Up

 

University of Arizona’s $177 million shortfall sparks blame game between faculty and administrators. Interim CFO John Arnold claims academic overspending, while faculty blame administration for excessive tuition discounting and other missteps. Faculty Senate criticizes university leaders, including Arizona Board of Regents chair Fred DuVal, who threatens legal action over conflict of interest allegations. This occurs as House Bill 2735, which would reduce faculty role in governance and empower university presidents, advances. CFO Lisa Rulney resigns amid fallout. Faculty Senate Chair Leila Hudson accuses DuVal of errors and potential conflict of interest, leading to DuVal’s legal threat. Arizona’s Democratic governor, Katie Hobbs, also criticizes university’s financial management….

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