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Arizona Board of Regents chair Greg Patterson resigns

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PHOENIX — A member of the Arizona Board of Regents announced his resignation from the board, effectively immediately.

Greg Patterson submitted his resignation letter Monday to board president Eileen Klein.

The Arizona Republic reported that Patterson’s resignation stemmed from condescending comments he made to a rural state lawmaker this year at the end of a private meeting over cost containment in higher education.

The newspaper said Patterson secretly recorded the meeting and shared it with others afterward.

In his letter, Patterson said he didn’t want to become a distraction to the state universities’ governing board.

He was appointed to the board by then Gov. Jan Brewer in 2012 and had served as chair since last summer.

Bill Ridenour, current vice chair of the board, will become chair July 1.

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