Knowles agrees to appoint new student regent

Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has agreed to appoint a new student to sit on the University of Alaska Board of Regents before his term ends Dec. 2.

Knowles last appointment, Joseph Hardenbrook, was among more than a dozen Knowles appointees to state boards that the Republican-dominated Legislature refused to confirm. Republican lawmakers, confident their candidate will win the gubernatorial election in November, said the next governor should make those appointments.

At the request of student leaders, Knowles called for special elections at the university's three main campuses to select their choices for a representative to the university's policy making body.

Knowles directed the campuses to have completed elections and formed a list of candidates by Oct. 4.

The next student's appointment would serve only through May, which is usually when legislative confirmation of appointees occurs.

The replacement won't be on board before the Sept. 12 regents meeting where discussion of next year's tuition could be an issue, as it is every fall. The meeting agenda has not yet been released.

Derek Miller, University of Alaska Fairbanks student body president, was selected to represent students' interests at the September meeting, though he won't have the voting power of a student regent.

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