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McDonald Becomes First Alumnus to Chair APU's Board of Trustees

ANCHORAGE -- (August 20, 2009) — William J. “Harry” McDonald has been named chair of the Alaska Pacific University (APU) Board of Trustees. McDonald, who is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Carlile Transportation Systems, is the first APU graduate to serve as chair. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alaska Methodist University (now APU) in 1970.

“I’m extremely proud of how APU has grown into Alaska’s premiere private university, said McDonald. “I look forward to leading the effort to continually improve the quality of education we offer each student.”

One of the first projects McDonald will lead in his new role is the search for a new president. APU President Dr. Doug North will retire in June  2010 and the search for his replacement has already begun.

The 30 members of APU’s Board of Trustees oversee the university’s operations and serve as its ultimate fiduciaries through budget oversight, fund raising, strategic planning, and monitoring the university’s mission and bylaws.  McDonald was first elected to the board in 2002 and has served on the executive and finance committees and a subcommittee on facilities before taking over as chair. His executive committee includes Trigg Davis, vice chair; Dave Karp, secretary and Jan Sieberts, treasurer.

Founded in 1959, Alaska Pacific University is a private, independent university that promotes the fullest development of its students through student-centered, experiential learning in liberal arts and professional programs. To find out more, visit www.alaskapacific.edu.

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