Head of Fairbanks Native Association steps down abruptly

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Wes Underwood, the executive director of Fairbanks Native Association, has left the position just over a year after he was hired.

Neither Underwood nor FNA board president Chris Anderson would say whether Underwood resigned or was asked to leave. Anderson, however, did say the board had philosophical differences with Underwood and decided not to continue the memorandum of agreement it had with him.

Underwood's departure comes two months after FNA's annual meeting, where several members of the board and FNA staff praised him, saying his philosophy was a good fit with the organization.

Underwood, who declined to comment on his departure, is the second leader at FNA in less than two years. He took over in March of 1999 following the resignation of John Regitano, who led the non-profit organization for five years.

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