Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ducey names new higher ed regent

This will be of interest to supporters of higher education and residents of the Saddlebrooke and Quail Creek developments. What’s the conjunction? Read on.

The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports that Ducey moves swiftly to replace regent who resigned. Snippets follow.

Gov. Doug Ducey swiftly appointed a replacement to the Arizona Board of Regents after a member resigned because of insulting comments he made to a lawmaker.

Karrin Taylor Robson, who heads real estate development company Arizona Strategies, was appointed today by Ducey to serve on the board that oversees the state’s public universities.

Taylor Robson donated $1,600 to Ducey’s campaign efforts in 2015 and $1,000 in 2014, among various other donations to Arizona officials.

Taylor Robson’s husband, Ed Robson, is a real estate developer responsible for creating dozens of planned communities throughout Arizona and a longtime donor to Republicans. Ed Robson gave $5,000 to Ducey’s campaign in December 2016. He also gave $25,000 to Proposition 123, an effort championed by Ducey to settle a school funding lawsuit. And he donated $6,000 to the Arizona Republican Party in 2015.

She holds degrees from Arizona State University and ASU’s law school, according to her LinkedIn profile. Ducey praised her prowess in running large economic development projects and said she is a “well-respected voice” in business who has a “passion for higher education and our public universities.”

Taylor Robson said that, as a regent, she will “provide accountability and oversight for Arizona taxpayers and citizens, and to continue to support the enhancement of these nationally recognized institutions for the betterment of students and their families.”

About that conjunction? Ed Robson is the developer of the Saddlebrooke and Quail Creek communities.

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