The co-chair of a $1.5 billion University of Arizona fundraising drive says donors are pulling back due to disappointment with university President Ann Weaver Hart, who is embroiled in controversy over her paid board service with a for-profit college, the Arizona Daily Star writes.
Sarah Smallhouse, herself a major university donor, wrote in a May email to an Arizona regent that some steady contributors “have suspended their giving” and many “want to see [Ms. Hart] gone ASAP.” Ms. Smallhouse said the president’s acceptance earlier this year of a seat on the board of DeVry University is the source of much of the ill will.
Ms. Hart announced last month that she would step down as president in 2018. University officials said monthly giving to the Arizona Now campaign publicly launched in 2014 has slowed from an average of $24.4 million in the 2015 school year to $14 million since January but that there’s no way to tell for certain what’s behind the drop. Gregg Goldman, the university’s chief financial officer, said the drive, which is about $40 million shy of its target, could simply be losing momentum as it nears its end.