She steps up to the podium, looking crisp, like a CEO in the making, in a white blazer, while others in the class sport T-shirts and shorts. “We are the Eller Think Tank team,” Katie Alhadeff proclaims. The 20 other students stop doodling. They sit up, put down their phones and listen.

Dr. Robert C. Robbins considers himself a lifelong learner, and in his first few months as president of the University of Arizona, he’s been learning a lot about the state’s land-grant university.

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