The University of Arizona is adding another senior executive to its ranks.

Jon Dudas, a lawyer and former federal official, has been chosen to fill the newly-created position of senior associate to the president and secretary of the university.

Dudas, who will earn $350,000 a year, will report directly to UA President Ann Weaver Hart and be part of her cabinet.

His main role is to help UA work more closely and productively with the state’s other public universities and with the Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees such schools.

Dudas was “the premier candidate from a national pool of highly qualified applicants,” Hart said in a recent post on her presidential website.

He spent 14 year in federal service including a stint as undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and five years as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

He also was counsel on legal policy for former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert and deputy general counsel for the House Judiciary Committee.

Dudas holds a finance degree from the University of Illinois and a law degree from the University of Chicago.

He joins the UA on July 1.