JUNEAU (AP) -- Phillips Alaska CEO Kevin Meyers was appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents on Friday.
Gov. Tony Knowles praised Meyers' experience in Alaska business and dedication to higher education.
''Kevin Meyers has distinguished himself in Alaska's oil industry and understands that higher education is the fuel that drives our economic growth,'' Knowles said.
Meyers was formerly president and CEO of Arco Alaska. He became head of Phillips Alaska after Phillips acquired Arco Alaska's assets earlier this year.
''The University must play a crucial role in our economic development and diversification, if Alaska is to move forward as a thriving and self-reliant state,'' Meyers said.
The 11-member Board of Regents governs the University of Alaska system and formulates policy for the school's campuses. The board includes 10 members appointed to 8-year terms by the governor and a university student appointed to a two-tear term.
Meyers fills a vacancy left by the resignation of former Alyeska Pipeline CEO Bob Malone.
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