"Appointing members to the Board of Regents is a responsibility I take very seriously," said the governor. "These new members will help chart the course of the university for the next eight years. I am committed to our UA system, and I am convinced that Carl, Jeff and Bob will provide sound leadership and guidance." Carl Marrs is former president and CEO of CIRI. Marrs, born and raised in Seldovia, has been recognized as one of Alaska's top business leaders. He is the recipient of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce 2001 William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan Award and the 2001 Alaska Federation of Natives Citizen of the Year Award. He has been involved with the United Way of Anchorage, the Resource Development Council, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Boy Scouts of America and has served on the boards of directors of many other business and non-profit organizations.
Bob Martin was born in Kake and raised in Kake and Juneau. He graduated from the University of Alaska with a degree in electrical engineering. He currently serves as the regional roads engineer for the Alaska Bureau of Indian Affairs. Martin served as the Director of the Southeast Region for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and spent 14 years in the utility industry, serving as general managers of Tlingit Haida REA and Chugach Electric. Martin is the former chairman of the Alaska Energy Authority and Goldbelt boards of directors.
Jeff Staser, a fourth generation Alaskan, has served as the federal co-chairman of the Denali Commission since its inception in 1999. A 1972 graduate of West Point, he holds three masters' degrees. Staser finished his military career as assistant director of civil works for the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. In 1994, he began working as a legislative aide for Senator Ted Stevens. He has served on the Presidential Commission on Western Water Policy and is nationally recognized for his expertise in challenging engineering environments. He currently serves as the vice president of Commonwealth North, secretary of the Anchorage Symphony and serves on the boards of directors of other groups locally and nationally.