Ann Weaver Hart came to the University of Arizona from Temple University, where she served as president from July 2006 until she assumed the presidency of the UA in July 2012. Before then, she served as president of the University of New Hampshire and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Claremont Graduate University, in Claremont, California. At the University of Utah, she served as professor of educational leadership, dean of the Graduate School and special assistant to the president.
President Hart received a bachelor of science in history, a master of arts in history and a doctorate in educational administration, from the University of Utah. Her research interests include leadership succession and development, work redesign and organizational behavior in educational organizations, and academic freedom. She has published more than 85 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, five books and edited volumes, and other articles and essays.
Among the professional and community service awards that President Hart has received are the Jack Culbertson Award in Educational Administration from the University Council for Educational Administration; the Outstanding Professional Award from the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation; the PoWeR Award from the Professional Women’s Roundtable; the 2009 Champion of Diversity and Access Award from the Urban STEM Strategy Group; and the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. In addition to serving as the 21st President of the University, President Hart holds a faculty appointment in the College of Education as Professor of Educational Policy Studies & Practice.