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Tim Bee Succeeds Fahey as Head of State Relations
Fahey will stay on at the UA as chief strategic advisor for state initiatives.
Tim Bee, who left the governor's office in May to become a lobbyist for the University of Arizona, has been named associate vice president for state relations.
In his new position, Bee will oversee the University's communications with the Legislature and the governor, advise campus officials on proposed legislation and make the UA's case when it comes to presenting its budget proposal to lawmakers.
He succeeds longtime UA lobbyist Greg Fahey, who will become chief strategic advisor for state initiatives.
After more than 25 years in the post, Fahey said he's ready to step aside from the daily lobbying duties but still help guide the UA's strategic efforts.
Fahey has done "exceptional work on behalf of the UA" and will work closely with the Arizona Board of Regents and provide counsel to Bee as he learns the ropes, said Stephen MacCarthy, vice president for external relations. MacCarthy oversees the Office of Government Relations.
Before coming to the UA, Bee had served as the director of Gov. Jan Brewer's Southern Arizona office since January 2009, after eight years in the state Senate.
Bee is a third-generation Tucsonan and a graduate of Palo Verde High School, where he was valedictorian. He served as the Senate majority leader from 2003 to 2006 and later became president of the Senate, marking the first time that seat was held by someone from Southern Arizona since 1974.
Prior to entering state politics, he owned Bee Brothers Printing.