- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - University of Arizona President Ann Hart will keep her position on the board of a for-profit college company that the Federal Trade Commission is suing for deceptive advertising.

Hart has a $70,000 annual position on the board of DeVry Education Group, the parent firm of DeVry University, The Arizona Daily Star reported (http://bit.ly/1QGc5SN ). She will also receive $100,000 a year in stock as a DeVry board member.

“I will remain on the (DeVry) board for the same reasons I accepted the appointment - I believe my experience helping public university students achieve their academic goals will benefit DeVry’s students,” Hart said.

The FTC sued the company in January claiming it misled students about job and earnings prospects. DeVry officials have denied any wrongdoing and say they will fight the federal action.

Hart’s announcement that she will stay comes after another DeVry board member left her position.

University of California, Davis, Chancellor Linda Katehik, who was named to the DeVry board in February along with Hart, resigned from her seat after critics said she tarnished her school’s reputation by being connected to the for-profit college.

Hart said she will not resign because she intends to serve “as an advocate and influence for quality” in the company’s schools. She said she hasn’t had any negative feedback at the UA over her DeVry appointment.

Arizona Board of Regents spokeswoman Sarah Harper said Hart did not seek regents’ permission before accepting the DeVry position because, unlike in California, Arizona’s university presidents aren’t required to get permission for extracurricular ventures.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com

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