Governor Ducey Selects Kathryn Hackett King As New Regent, Reappoints Karrin Taylor Robson

News Release

March 11, 2020

PHOENIX — Today, Governor Doug Ducey announced the appointment of Kathryn (Kate) Hackett King to fill a recent vacancy on the Arizona Board of Regents. The Governor also announced the reappointment of Regent Karrin Taylor Robson to a full term. 

“Kate is without a doubt one of the most capable and ethical individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with in state government,” said Governor Ducey. “Her vast legal expertise in labor and employment law and passion for public service make her an ideal fit for this role. I am confident that she will bring the same level of integrity and excellence that she’s known for as an advocate for Arizona’s students, taxpayers and public universities.”

“I’m honored to be appointed by Governor Ducey to serve on the Arizona Board of Regents,” said King. “Arizona’s universities have made their mark as world-class institutions of higher learning — preparing tens of thousands of students every year for success outside the classroom. I am excited to get to work to help build upon the incredible legacies of our public universities to the benefit of students and the communities they call home.”

King is a Partner at BurnsBarton PLC, a woman-owned labor and employment law firm. She has experience representing and counseling both private and public employers on a broad range of labor and employment law matters, including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour issues, disability accommodations, employment agreements and more.

Prior to BurnsBarton PLC, King served as Deputy General Counsel for Governor Doug Ducey’s Office between 2015 and 2017. She also practiced at Snell & Wilmer, LLP from 2006 to 2007 and 2008 to 2015.  King clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Ryan between 2007 and 2008, and served on the University of Arizona Law College Association Board of Directors between 2009 and 2015. King received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

King’s appointment is for an 8-year term on the Board of Regents. 

Governor Ducey initially appointed Karrin Taylor Robson to the Arizona Board of Regents in 2017. This appointment is for a full 8-year term on the Board.

“Karrin has been a vocal champion for Arizona’s universities, working to increase educational attainment while promoting civics involvement among all Arizona’s students,” said Governor Ducey. “Her work ethic and professionalism are second to none, and I am pleased to reappoint her to this important position.”

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to continue serving Arizonans as a member of the Board of Regents,” said Taylor Robson. “Arizona’s public universities continue to shine as beacons of academic excellence and major drivers of economic development. I look forward to continuing our important work of providing accountability and oversight for Arizona taxpayers and citizens, while expanding opportunities for all our students.”

Taylor Robson is the Founder and President of Arizona Strategies, a land use strategy and real estate development company. Her early accomplishments on the Board include establishing the Regents Cup, a debate competition focused on free speech and civil discourse that gives students the opportunity to compete for scholarships and course credit while living out our country’s founding values.

Prior to forming Arizona Strategies, she was Executive Vice President of DMB Associates, Inc., a Scottsdale based master-planned community developer where she was responsible for ongoing land use entitlement matters and other value-enhancing efforts for DMB communities and businesses.

She also served as principal with the law firm of Biskind, Hunt & Taylor, P.L.C., where she practiced in the areas of land use, development and zoning law representing large landowners on significant and complex land use cases. She has worked with experts to successfully obtain approval of municipal finance incentives and tools that provide well over $500 million of value to her clients.