Future leader of the University of Arizona makes first campus vi - Tucson News Now

Future leader of the University of Arizona makes first campus visit

Dr. Robert Clayton Robbins, the University of Arizona presidential finalist. (Source: Tucson News Now) Dr. Robert Clayton Robbins, the University of Arizona presidential finalist. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Dr. Robert Clayton Robbins, the University of Arizona presidential finalist, made his first visit to campus on Wednesday. 

He met with various stakeholders and participated in a public forum. 

"I'm incredibly impressed and I'm even more enthusiastic and excited about this important leadership role. And I can't wait to get here and get started," Robbins said. 

During the forum, he explained his vision for the U of A. 

Robbins said a big part of his role will be to be accessible all community groups, elected leaders, and especially students and staff on campus. 

"Whether it be through an open door policy, but you'll probably find me out on the campus a lot and going to many events, sporting events, fine arts and performance events. I expect to be active, out and engaged," he said. 

Robbins also stressed the importance of research and using technology to advance student learning. He also spoke about ways to attract fortune 500 companies to the area. 

"I just think we've got more incredible research and technologies that industry will be interested in," Robbins said. "It's a great opportunity for me to go out and work with business leaders and companies to look to Tucson and University of Arizona to partner with." 

Kincaid Rabb is a senator with the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. He was one of several people who participated in the question and answer portion of the forum. 

He said accessibility the president will help students and groups on campus feel like their voices are being heard. 

"I would challenge him to provide more opportunities for students who are not in positions of leadership to speak about their experience at the University," Rabb said. He is optimistic after hearing Robbins speak. 

Robbins is currently the President and CEO of Texas Medical Center. He said his salary exceeds a million dollars. 

He said he expected a pay cut once he becomes the U of A president.

Robbins said he's not motivated by money and is solely taking this job because of his passion and mission to move U of A forward. 

The head of the search committee mentioned they took longevity into account when looking for candidates. 

Robbins said he'll be committed to his role as the leader of the university for at least the next 10 years. 

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