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Regents set to talk Byrne, update on president search

The Arizona Board of Regents will weigh operating budget requests for fiscal year 2013 and capital development plans from 2013 to 2015 at its meeting on Thursday and Friday at the High Country Conference Center at Northern Arizona University.

The UA is presenting a request $29 million in funds for fiscal year 2013. According to the proposal, the funds would be used for the construction and development of large classrooms that can help the UA keep pace with higher enrollment. The UA is looking to fund eight classrooms that can house 250 to 600 students each.

The UA’s capital development plan dictates what institutional improvements can be made on campus. The UA is submitting six projects, at a total cost exceeding $255 million, for approval, including the construction of an engineering research building, bioscience research labs, improvements to campus infrastructure and adding classroom space.

The regents will also debate whether to approve a contract extension for UA athletic director Greg Byrne. Under the proposal submitted to the regents, Byrne’s pay would increase by 33 percent, from $330,000 to $440,000, and his contract would run to Sept. 29, 2016, 17 months later than his original contract. Byrne was approved as athletics director on June 10, 2010.

The regents will also hear a report from Regent Rick Myers and Regent Dennis DeConcini, the chairs of the UA Presidential Search Committee. DeConcini and Myers will present an update of the search process.

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