A longtime Democratic supporter of Gov. Janet Napolitano from Scottsdale will replace a Paradise Valley entrepreneur on the independent board that oversees the state’s three universities.
Lorraine Frank was appointed by the governor Monday to an eight-year term to the Arizona Board of Regents. Napolitano also named supporter Ernie Calderon, a Phoenix lawyer and immediate past president of the State Bar of Arizona. Both take office in January, but their appointments must be confirmed by the state Senate next year.
They join the board as the universities have embarked on broad reforms but also face struggles for state funding.
Napolitano said she asked Frank and Calderon to take seats on the board to reflect her goals for improving Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.
Frank will replace Don Ulrich, who was appointed to the board in 1996 by Gov. Fife Symington.
"I’m not approaching this position with a bag of solutions," Frank said. "But I do feel . . . the importance of the quality of our universities is so high that we cannot let anything diminish the funds that are already there."
Frank has served on advisory committees at ASU and UA, receiving honorary doctorates from both universities in the mid-1980s. She also worked for the Board of Regents from 1989 to 1991, studying employment conditions for women at the three universities and recommending changes.
Calderon received his undergraduate degree from NAU and his law degree from UA. He serves on the NAU Foundation.
On the Board of Regents, Calderon will replace Kay McKay of Flagstaff.