The University of Arizona

UA Provost Named Special Advisor to ABOR Chair for Strategic Initiatives

By Johnny Cruz, July 28, 2011

Meredith Hay will assume her role as special advisor to the Arizona Board of Regents chair on August 1. Jacqueline Mok will serve as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost until a national search for a permanent replacement is completed.

The Arizona Board of Regents today announced the appointment of University of Arizona Executive Vice President and Provost Meredith Hay as special advisor to the ABOR Chair for Strategic Initiatives.

Hay, who has served in her current position at the UA since February 2008, will assume her role as special advisor to the ABOR chair on Aug. 1 and will focus on strategic initiatives in the areas of budget and finance, including the performance funding model the university system is currently developing.

"I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Hay to the university system office," said ABOR Chair Fred DuVal. "Meredith brings tremendous expertise in strategic planning to the table, and her insight will be invaluable to the board as we continue to implement our strategic plan and enhance our operations to better serve students and the state."

Jacqueline Lee Mok will serve as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, while continuing her work as the UA's liaison to ABOR in her capacity as senior vice president and chief of staff. 

Mok will carry out her responsibilities as provost until a national search can identify a suitable replacement, at which time she will return to her assignment in the Office of the President.
 
Mok will work in close collaboration with Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Gail D. Burd. 

"Burd's own high level of expertise regarding our academic enterprise will be a critical leadership component as we advance the University," said UA President-Designate Eugene G. Sander. "I believe that taking into consideration the overall experience and the tremendous strength of our academic and administrative leaders throughout the University, these changes will enable me to accomplish my principal goal of making the University of Arizona attractive to an exceptional new president."  

As the executive vice president and provost at the UA, Hay served as the University's chief operating officer with responsibilities for the entire University budget including the Arizona Health Sciences Center. She oversaw all academic, research and outreach programs with the responsibility of ensuring excellence and coordination in all areas. Hay has made significant contributions in advancing the UA as one of the top research universities in the nation.  

Prior to her work at the UA, Hay was vice president for research at the University of Iowa. Hay, a Texas native, earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, her master's in neurobiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her doctorate in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio.

She trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1996, she was a faculty member in the department of physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio.