Governor Parnell Appoints University Regents
January 22, 2011, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Parnell today appointed Mike Powers and Jyotsna “Jo” Heckman, both of Fairbanks, to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. The regents govern the University of Alaska system and are charged with appointing the president. The governor was pleased with the number of Alaskans who expressed interest in serving as regents.
“Ms. Heckman and Mr. Powers possess exceptional levels of management skills and community involvement,” Governor Parnell said. “Their addition to the Board of Regents will benefit Alaska’s statewide university system, and I join with Alaskans statewide in thanking outgoing Regents Cynthia Henry and Erik Drygas for their work.”
Heckman became the first female bank president in Alaska’s history when she succeeded Denali State Bank founder Gary Roth, who retired in 2003. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Heckman has been recognized by U.S. Banker as one of the top 25 “Women to Watch in Banking.” She has also been a longtime supporter of her alma mater, having served on the UAF Chancellor’s Advisory Board and the UAF Vision Taskforce. Active in the Fairbanks community, she has served as a member of boards of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, the Alaska Community Foundation, the Foraker Governance Board, the American Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Council.
Powers is the chief executive officer of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center, a position he has held since 1995. Before becoming the hospital’s chief executive, he served as the chief financial officer from 1986-1995. Long an active part of the Fairbanks community and current member of the University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees, Powers was recently named Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Midnight Sun Chapter of the Boy Scouts. An Eagle Scout in his youth, Powers has served on the executive committees of the Interior Neighborhood Community Health Center, Fairbanks Concert Association, and the Midnight Sun Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he was a four-year member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board. He holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Wisconsin.