Eileen Klein Brings A Wealth Of Private And Public Sector Leadership Experience
PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Eileen Klein, outgoing President of the Arizona Board of Regents, as Arizona’s new state Treasurer.
Klein brings a wealth of experience in the private and public sector to this new role, including a substantial background managing the state’s budget as a former Director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, Chief of Staff to former Governor Jan Brewer, and as the President of Arizona’s university system.
“I am honored to appoint Eileen Klein as our new state Treasurer,” said Governor Ducey. “As someone who served as state Treasurer, I understand the importance and complexities of this role. I can say with certainty, Eileen is the most qualified person in the state of Arizona for this job. With both private and public sector experience, Eileen has been a critical leader in shaping and building our state’s economy for years. She has both the knowledge and leadership experience to ensure Arizona’s portfolio is responsibly managed, and I look forward to working with her in this new and important role.”
“I want to thank Governor Ducey for the privilege and opportunity to continue my public service to the state of Arizona,” Klein said. “Arizona’s economy is strong and getting stronger. One of the most important roles of government is to responsibly manage the taxpayers’ dollars they have entrusted to us, and I take that responsibility very seriously.”
As Regents’ President, Klein oversaw the $5.1 billion Arizona public university enterprise – with 179,000 students at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. She managed the Enterprise Executive Committee, comprised of the university presidents, which is responsible for the ambitious 2025 goals outlined in the Board’s strategic plan to increase student success and enhance Arizona’s economy and competitiveness through greater levels of educational attainment, research and commercialization.
Recent efforts include the development of a new funding model that puts state dollars behind resident students and underscores Arizona’s educational attainment goals. She spearheaded Arizona’s attainment initiative - Achieve60AZ - that aims to increase the number of Arizonans with a certificate or degree to 60 percent by 2030.
Klein became president in 2013. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff to Governor Brewer. She has also served as chief operating officer and as vice president of state affairs for a Fortune 25 healthcare company. She is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University.