President Emerita and Special Advisor to the Board
With more than 20 years of strategic fiscal and executive management experience in the public and private sector, Eileen Klein is uniquely positioned in her role as president of the Arizona Board of Regents to help Arizona’s public universities achieve critical goals to serve students and transform Arizona’s economy.
Ms. Klein oversees the $5.1 billion Arizona public university enterprise – with 179,000 students at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. She manages the Enterprise Executive Committee, comprised of the university presidents, which is responsible for the ambitious 2025 goals outlined in the Board’s strategic plan to increase student success and enhance Arizona’s economy and competitiveness through greater levels of educational attainment, research and commercialization.
Ms. Klein has worked with the board and the university presidents to create a more performance driven, accountable and student-centered public university enterprise. During her tenure, the enterprise has revamped university business planning, instituted rigorous operational and financial performance reviews, restored tuition cost predictability and stability for families, and has reformed regulations to allow universities to be more efficient, innovative and entrepreneurial. This approach has created significant gains in overall organizational performance and efficiency, as well as gains in student success through increased enrollment, diversity, retention, graduation rates and employability.
Recent efforts include the development of a new funding model that puts state dollars behind resident students and underscores Arizona’s educational attainment goals. She spearheaded Arizona’s attainment initiative - Achieve60AZ - that aims to increase the number of Arizonans with a certificate or degree to 60 percent by 2030 and has been endorsed by Gov. Doug Ducey and supported by more than 60 organizations across Arizona.
Ms. Klein became president in 2013. She served as chief of staff for Governor Janice K. Brewer. She has also served as chief operating officer and as vice president of state affairs for a Fortune 25 health care company. She is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University.