- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A vocal critic of university funding cuts approved by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has been appointed to head the state agriculture department.

Board of Regents Chairman Mark Killian was appointed to head the agency by Ducey on Friday. The appointment comes just a day after Killian said he is still exploring a suit against the Legislature because of a 13 percent university funding cut in the upcoming state budget that Ducey approved last month.

Killian’s comments came after Ducey addressed the university regents and urged them not to raise tuition.

Killian is a former speaker of the Arizona House who manages commercial real estate and is involved in his family’s farming and ranching activities.

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