Six new members, including a student representative, have been named to the State Board of Regents. A seventh has been reappointed. Gov. Mike Leavitt announced the new regents, who "come to the board with a broad spectrum of experience, and all have a strong belief in the value of higher education," he said.
The board, comprised of 15 regular members and a student appointee, oversees all aspects of higher education in the state, making important decisions regarding funding and programs for 10 colleges and universities. Those newly appointed include:
Marlon Snow, owner of MST Trucking Inc. in Utah County. He was a member of the Utah House of Representatives in 1999-2000 and also was a member of the State Board of Education. He served as chairman of the Joint Liaison Committee for Applied Technology, an organization representing both public and higher education. It was succeeded recently by the Utah College of Applied Technology board, created by the Legislature in June and due to become effective in September.
Daryl Barrett, also a former State School Board member and longtime citizen contributor to state education and social welfare programs. She is currently a prevention consultant for the "You're in Charge" child abuse prevention program. She also serves on the School and Institutional Trust Lands nominating committee.
Sara Sinclair, chief executive officer of Sunshine Terrace Foundation Inc. She is a licensed health facility administrator and a licensed registered nurse and has served on a number of professional boards and councils, including positions with the American Health Care Association. She has been on the Utah State University board of trustees.
Jed Pitcher, president and chief operating officer of the Regence Group and chairman of the board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Utah. He has been involved in the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Utah Symphony board of directors and United Way.
Nolan Karras, former five-term legislator and current president of the Karras Company Inc., Weber County. He is a registered investment adviser affiliated with Raymond James Financial Services.
John Norman Jr., a law clerk for the Utah attorney general and candidate for a juris doctor degree at the University of Utah, is the new student representative. He has been an intern in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and received the Robert H. Hinckley Graduate Scholarship for his political involvement and academic achievement.
Reappointed as a regent was David Grant, Iron County, president of Metalcraft Technologies Inc. He is a member of the Utah Foundation board of directors and formerly was deputy director of Utah's Department of Community and Economic Development.
The new appointees, subject to Senate confirmation, succeed Aileen Clyde, Karen Huntsman, Paul Rogers, Ken Anderton, Winn Richard and Rob Peterson as regents.