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Unreleased report on UA medical school costs state $180,000

(University of Arizona College of Medicine- Tucson Facebook)

The Arizona Board of Regents paid an independent company nearly $180,000 for a yet-to-be-released review of the University of Arizona’s two medical schools, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

ABOR is the state-run governing body for Arizona’s public university system, meaning the funding was paid for with public funding. The regents paid the law firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP $179,653 to put together the report, which came after several public criticisms of the medical schools raised concerns.

The Daily Star reports that the former dean of the University of Arizona’s medical school campus in Phoenix, Stuart D. Flynn, has not been interviewed as part of the review.

Flynn left his post in March and was quickly followed out the door by five high-ranking members of his team.

The Arizona Medical Associated called for the independent investigation after finding the exits troubling, and ABOR took the lead for the review.

The regents met behind closed doors on Oct. 26 and said the report was “complete” and no other investigations were necessary, according to the Daily Star.

ABOR chairman Greg Patterson said that the report would remain private due to “attorney-client privilege.”

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