Robert N. Shelton,PhD succeeds President Emeritus Peter Likins, who served as president for nine years. Shelton was most recently executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Featured scheduled speakers include Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Tucson Mayor Robert Walkup and Regents Robert Bulla, Fred Boice and Ernest Calderón. Other highlights of the inauguration include a Pascua Yaqui blessing, a blessing by the Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas, bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tucson, and performances by the UA Wind Ensemble and Choir.