Arizona University Chairman Slams Lawsuit Over Tuition

Sep 12, 2017

Regents Chairman Bill Ridenour, right, is briefed by Chad Sampson, the board's vice president of strategic planning and initiatives, ahead of Monday's closed-door session of the board to decide how to respond to the lawsuit filed against the board Friday over tuition rates.
Credit Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services

The chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents says the board welcomes a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich over steep increase in tuition.

Board chairman Bill Ridenour in a statement Monday says the board has long resisted challenging the Legislature over big funding cuts it holds mainly responsible for tuition increases. But Ridenour says the board is "disappointed" in the Brnovich's tactics, noting that he's never expressed concerns about the board or the university system's performance.

He says the suit is "full of attacks but offers no constructive remedies."

Brnovich sued the board Friday over its decision to keep allowing lower in-state tuition for some immigrants. He also accused the board of violating the state Constitution by not offering tuition that is "as close to free as possible."