Governor chooses Phoenix-based consultant for ABOR

Fred P. DuVal, the Phoenix-based president of DuVal and Associates consulting firm that advises clients in Washington and in state capitals across the nation, has been appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents, Gov. Janet Napolitano has announced.

DuVal will replace Jack Jewett, who is resigning from the board. Jewett had agreed to stay on past his term following the death of Regent Lorraine Frank.

“In his capacity as a member of the Commerce and Economic Development Commission, Fred has been a leader in developing Arizona’s recently released 10-year economic plan.” Napolitano said. “His knowledge and experience in the intricacies of government will be instrumental in enhancing and furthering the essential role all three universities play in our state’s economic future.”

DuVal grew up in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona as an undergraduate and secured his law degree at Arizona State University. He taught a course in 2003 at Northern Arizona University.

DuVal’s family has a significant legacy in the state university system. His father, Merlin K. DuVal, was the founding dean of the UA Medical School and the school auditorium bears his name. The Whiteman Tennis Center at ASU is named for DuVal’s stepfather Jack Whiteman.

DuVal served as senior staff to former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt where his portfolio included the Regents and he served for seven years in the Clinton administration. Additionally, DuVal has lectured at many universities, including Georgetown, Harvard, George Washington, ASU and NAU.

DuVal has been involved with many Arizona organizations. Most notably he has been serving as vice chairman of the board of Prescott College. He also serves on the Casa Grande Medical Center Foundation board, the Strategic Planning Committee for Flagstaff Medical Center and the board of the Children’s Action Alliance. He is a former director of the Desert Botanical Garden and Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters.