The University of Arizona has created a new $260,000 position and picked a senior administrator from Texas to fill it.

Barbara Bryson starts work in Tucson next month, reporting directly to President Ann Weaver Hart as the UA’s vice president for strategic planning and analysis. Bryson will be responsible for keeping track of, and finding accurate ways to measure, the UA’s progress in meeting goals set out in the school’s new strategic plan.

An architect with expertise in integrated planning, Bryson has spent the past decade or so at Rice University in Houston as associate vice president for facilities, engineering and planning.

In that role, she led project management, facilities, engineering and central-plant operations, and oversaw major construction programs, according to Rice’s website.

“Her experience and expertise will make her a tremendous asset,” Hart said of Bryson in a statement announcing the new hire, made after a national search.

The UA’s strategic plan, approved a few months ago, aims to create a bigger, better institution with more job-creating potential over the next decade.

It calls for $450 million in upgrades to the UA’s research facilities and hundreds more professors in high-demand fields such as medical research, public health, climate change and space systems.

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