The committee to choose the next University of Arizona president will include nearly all of the regents, five university leaders and five community leaders.

Committee co-chairs Dennis DeConcini and Rick Myers will be joined by seven other regents, including the two student regents.

DeConcini said the 23 members were chosen based on their UA connections and representation of key constituent groups.

The group will begin meeting this month and the regents could hire a new president next year. Robert Shelton resigned to start a job as executive director of the Fiesta Bowl this week. The interim president is Eugene Sander.

State schools chief John Huppenthal and Gov. Jan Brewer, who are ex-officio members of the Board of Regents, also are on the committee, as is former regent Edith Auslander.

Other university leaders include student President James Allen, faculty representative J.C. Mutchler, staff representative Angela Gomez, Alumni Association President Melinda Burke, Vice President Leslie Tolbert and Dean J.P. Jones.

The other five members are Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris, Arizona Cattle Growers' Association President Andy Groseta, Eller Co. CEO and UA benefactor Karl Eller, Arizona Earth Works President Gary Jones, and Pima Community College assistant football coach Glenn Howell.

The committee plans to reach out for input from many more community members through advisory groups.

The Board of Regents will make a list of desirable characteristics for job candidates and hire a search consultant.

At their Friday meeting in Tempe, the regents also approved a set of 18 guidelines for the search process.

The committee will assess all of the applications, choose candidates and then name finalists, who will be assessed by the regents only.

The identities and résumés of candidates who are interviewed by the committee will be public information, according to the guidelines.

Coach contracts

The Board of Regents changed the contracts of eight head coaches at the UA to include incentive pay for improving the team grade-point average instead of the team graduation rate.

The coaches are football's Mike Stoops, Andy Lopez (baseball), Bill Ryden (gymnastics), Fred Harvey (cross country and track), Rick LaRose and Laura Ianello in men's and women's golf, respectively, Lisa Oyen (soccer) and Vicki Maes (tennis). The other six head coaches had the same contract changes in June.

The change was made to comply with new U.S. Department of Education rules that relate to student recruiting. The UA will still report graduation rates to the NCAA.

Send a question

You can send questions to the UA president search committee by emailing; public information about the search is posted online at

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at or 807-8012.