JUNEAU (AP) -- Former Anchorage Assembly member and mayoral candidate Mark Begich has been appointed to the governing board for the state's universities, along with longtime Native leader Marlene Johnson.
The appointments, subject to legislative confirmation, were announced Tuesday by Gov. Tony Knowles, who also picked Joseph Hardenbrook of Fairbanks as the student representative to the regents. Hardenbrook has been active in student government and is a National Merit Scholar.
Begich served on the Anchorage Assembly for ten years and made two unsuccessful runs for mayor of Anchorage, losing to Rick Mystrom and then to current Mayor George Wuerch. He worked as a special assistant to Knowles back when Knowles was mayor of Anchorage. Begich also served on the governing board for the Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education, which runs the student loan program.
Johnson was a founding board member of the Sealaska Native corporation and led the board from 1982 to 1992. She's also been active in the Huna Totem Corp., the Tlingit and Haida Central Council, and RuralCAP. Johnson was honored as citizen of the year in 1995 by the Alaska Federation of Natives.
Begich and Johnson replace R. Danforth Ogg of Kodiak and Mary Jane Fate of Fairbanks on the board after their terms expired. Hardenbrook succeeds Joshua Horst of Juneau as the student representative.
Regents have eight-year terms, while the student member serves for two years. The board has eleven members.
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