Ann Weaver Hart got a good dose of border reality when she visited Nogales on Thursday, beginning with a cancelled trip to Nogales, Sonora in the wake of a U.S. Consulate security warning. But the University of Arizona president marched on with her mission to affirm the UA’s commitment as the state’s land-grant university.
The Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890 funded educational institutions by granting federally controlled land to the states for them to establish and endow “land-grant” colleges. The UA was one of those with a mission set forth in the 1862 Act to focus on the teaching of practical agriculture, science, military science and engineering as well as classical studies.
On Thursday, Hart had lunch with Jaime Chamberlain, past chairman of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas; Dan Bell, a leader in the local and state cattle industry; and Shane Burgess, dean of the UA College of Agriculture.