Research at Arizona’s public universities infused more than $1.2 billion into Arizona’s economy in 2016, resulting in a positive impact on the state through new jobs, knowledge and dollars reinvested in the community. Not only are millions of dollars reinvested annually into our economy, but the body of knowledge created by university research translates directly to inventions, patents and start-up companies, all of which fuel the private sector and translate into high-paying, high-skill jobs. For our students, the undergraduate instruction and hands-on learning with elite faculty make for a richer learning experience.
To ensure the continued growth of the research enterprise at Arizona’s public universities, the Arizona Board of Regents has set aggressive goals as part of its strategic plan. Increases in research activity, invention disclosures, and licenses and options translate to important benefits for our state and the world around us.
The Arizona Board of Regents is comprised of 12 regents.
Eight volunteer members are appointed by the governor to staggered eight-year terms.
Two students serve on the board for two-year appointments, with the first year
as a non-voting apprentice year. The governor and superintendent of
public instruction serve as ex-officio members with full voting rights.
The executive leadership team is comprised of the board's president and the
three university presidents.