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Twelve people from across the United States have been named to the board of directors of the Brigham Young University Alumni Association.

The board oversees activities of the organization, which has more than 250,000 members living in 50 states and 70 foreign countries. Programs include the Aspen Grove Family Camp, travel and tours, fund raising, contributions to Alumni Today, homecoming and graduation banquets, alumni reunions and regional council groups in more than 30 areas of the country.The association has announced that David P. Forsyth of North Caldwell, N.J., will serve as president of the board of directors for the 1990-91 academic year. Forsyth will preside over the group's two annual meetings and host the homecoming and two graduation banquets at BYU. W. Kenneth Thiess of Aurora, Colo., will be president-elect.

Recently elected members to the alumni board are David W. Adams of Bountiful; Lowell K. Anderson of Provo; Dorothy N. Bench of Scarsdale, N.Y.; J. Robert Driggs of Provo; Joseph H. Groberg of Idaho Falls, Idaho; John L. Hales of La Crescenta, Calif.; Philip B. Marriott of Mesa, Ariz.; and Karen D. Merrell of Salt Lake City.

Appointed to the board because of their other positions at BYU are Brett A. Blake of Ogden, president of BYU Student Service Association, and Gordon E. Lowe of Provo, president of BYU Student Alumni Association.

Forsyth has been vice president of research at McGraw-Hill Publications Co. since 1977. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from BYU and a master's in journalism and doctorate in business communication from Northwestern University. He was named as one of the top 100 researchers in the United States by Advertising Age. Forsyth served as president-elect of the BYU alumni board during the 1989-90 academic year.

Thiess graduated in 1967 from BYU with a graduate degree in political behavior. He is president of the Flagship Group Inc. and is involved in new business exploration and development. He creates new products for consumers in joint ventures with major corporations.

Adams graduated in 1960 with a degree in business management and is chairman of Metal Craft Technologies and president of A. G. Aerospace. He also served as executive director of the Utah Department of Community and Economic Development.

Anderson graduated from BYU in 1966 with a bachelor's degree. He completed his doctorate in medical science and established a practice in oral and maxillofacial surgery with an emphasis on major reconstructive surgery in Salt Lake City. He is a member of the American Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and was board certified in 1979.

Bench, a 1964 graduate of journalism and music education, has served as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and as president of the Scarsdale Junior High PTA. She serves on the Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee and as Boy Scout troop committee advancement chairwoman.

Driggs graduated in 1956 with a degree in business management. He is vice president and chief financial officer for the Evans and Sutherland Computer Corp. in Salt Lake City. Driggs formerly served as assistant executive vice president, assistant vice president of business and administrative assistant to the president at BYU.

Groberg, a 1967 graduate of economics, attended law school at the University of Chicago. Groberg is a self-employed attorney. He is the author of the article "The Mormon Disfranchisements of 1882 to 1892" and many other technical articles in legal journals.

Hales, an anesthesiologist at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, Calif., attended BYU from 1953 to 1956. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association, and a member and a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Marriott, who graduated from BYU in 1975, acts as a consultant in financial services. He has served as vice president of America's Freedom Festival in Provo and as a board member of the Provo School District Foundation.

Merrell is a 1959 graduate in elementary education. She works part time as a Weight Loss Center counselor and has had four children's books published by Deseret Book Co.

Blake will receive his bachelor's degree in communications from BYU in August of 1991. Lowe plans to graduate in 1991 with a degree in economics.