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The five UA faces you should know

From the president of the university to the president who represents us students, here are five big names on campus you need to know. 

President Ann Weaver Hart

Ann Weaver Hart became the first ever female president at UA when she was inaugurated in November of 2012. In her time here, Hart has implemented the Guaranteed Tuition Program, facilitated the Banner – UMC merger and created UA’s first strategic academic and business plan, Never Settle. Hart, who received criticism from the community after taking a board position with DeVry Education Group earlier this year, will not be renewing her contract when it ends in 2018.

Michael Finnegan, Associated Students of the University of Arizona president

A senior studying philosophy, politics, economics and law, Michael Finnegan is the 2016-2017 UA student body president. Finnegan, who has been involved with ASUA since his freshman year, was the former president’s chief of staff. In order to ensure students’ voices are heard, Finnegan has placed an emphasis on reaching out to different cultural centers and clubs on campus. He also hopes to continue ASUA’s efforts on projects like the Arizona Student Government Collaborative, an organization bringing together Arizona’s three public colleges’ student governments together.

Zachary Brooks, Graduate and Professional Student Council president

A graduate student in the Second Language Acquisition Ph.D. program with concentrations in cognitive science and management, Zachary Brooks is the 2016-2017 GPSC president. Brooks, who previously served as GPSC president for three years from 2012-2014, will represent graduate and professional students at the UA on a variety of issues including tuition, healthcare and fees. Hoping to improve the well being of students, Brooks is putting a focus on helping GPSC refocus on it’s core goals of representing students by increasing transparency within GPSC.

Brian Seastone, University of Arizona Police Department Chief

With the mission of providing a safe and secure environment where everyone can feel welcome and safe, UAPD is the UA’s campus police department. Brian Seastone has worked for UAPD since 1980 and has served as UAPD Chief since 2014. The chief, who has always had the mission of developing and maintaining a close relationship with the community, welcomes questions and visitors and will answer direct calls to his office. Seastone is in charge of providing strategic leadership for UAPD, emergency response management and crime prevention on campus.

Kendal Washington White, dean of students and assistant vice president for student affairs

Kendal Washington White, who has worked at the UA for over 20 years, has served as the dean of students and assistant vice president for student affairs since 2014. As AVP, Washington White provides leadership on several UA programs and initiatives like ASUA, GPSC, LGTBQ Affairs, Early Academic Outreach, UA Cultural centers and the Women’s Resource Center. Besides managing high profile projects within the Dean of Students Office, Washington White also manages disruptive and threatening student incidents.

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