Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Regent Fred DuVal to an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents in November 2018. He is a member of the Academic Affairs and Educational Attainment Committee, Research and Health Sciences Committee and Audit Committee. Regent DuVal previously served on the board from 2006-12 when he was appointed by Gov. Janet Napolitano to complete the term held by Regent Jack Jewett who resigned from the board after agreeing to stay past his term after the untimely death of Regent Lorraine Frank.
Regent DuVal has served at the highest levels of government, including as the White House deputy assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs from 1997 to 2000. He worked in Washington, D.C. as deputy chief of protocol of the United States and deputy assistant secretary of state in the 1990s. Regent DuVal ran as the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor of Arizona and is currently president of DuVal and Associates. He is also the founder of the Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. In addition, Regent DuVal is an author of two books and serves Arizona charitable organizations, including the Phoenix YMCA and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Regent DuVal envisioned the Arizona Teachers Academy that offers students covered tuition and fees for their program of study if they agree to teach in Arizona public schools. During his former term, Regent DuVal prioritized slowing tuition increases amidst state funding declines, advocated for financial-aid reform and led an effort to redesign a state funding model for public higher education based on performance drivers such as freshmen retention rates, credit hour efficiency, community college transfer rates and graduation rates. He also chaired the Lumina Foundation-funded initiative, Getting AHEAD, which forged a collaborative relationship with the community colleges, defining new degree pathways statewide.