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Governor Announces Appointments to Education Advisory Task Force

July 22, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced his appointments to the Advisory Task Force on Higher Education and Career Readiness. The task force begins work today on a study of the college and career readiness of Alaska students and remediation issues in postsecondary institutions. The task force was created by the 26th Legislature through Senate Bill 221, which also set up the Alaska Merit Scholarship Program.

Governor Parnell appointed Mike Andrews, Donald Bantz, Lenora "Lolly" Carpluk, Keith Hamilton and Fred Villa to the Advisory Task Force on Higher Education and Career Readiness.

Andrews, of Palmer, is the executive director of Alaska Works Partnership Inc., a private sector non-profit organization formed by Alaska's construction trade unions that is focused on developing Alaska's construction workforce. He also serves on the Alaska Gas Pipeline Workforce Development Committee and recently helped develop Alaska's new Career and Technical Education Plan in conjunction with the Alaska Workforce Investment Board and the departments of Education and Early Development, and Labor and Workforce Development.

Andrews previously served as the executive director of the Alaska Human Resource Investment Council and was a member of the State Job Training Coordinating Council. He also serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Work and the Economy as well as the American Community Partnership. Andrews was appointed to a seat representing vocational, technical and apprenticeship training.

Bantz, of Anchorage, is president of Alaska Pacific University. He spent 20 years at The Evergreen State College in Olympia in several positions, including academic vice president and provost, dean and faculty member. He also served at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center as executive director and was the program director for the Alaska Federation of Natives. He earned an undergraduate degree in business from California State College at Fullerton and master's degree and doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California. Bantz was appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of a non-University of Alaska public postsecondary institution.

Carpluk, of Fairbanks, is the coordinator of the Alaska Native Teacher Preparation Project at UA Fairbanks. She served as director of the Future Teachers of Alaska Program for the University of Alaska and instructed the Upward Bound Yup'ik Language and Culture course at UAF. Carpluk has served in a variety of roles in education, including positions for the Lower Yukon School District, Kuskokwim Community College, Doyon Foundation, and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Carpluk was appointed to a seat representing expertise in education remediation.

Hamilton, of Soldotna, is the founder and president of the Alaska Christian College. Over his career, Hamilton has served in a variety of teaching, consulting, community and volunteer service roles. He also has served for 30 years as a volunteer firefighter and is a captain at Central Emergency Services in Soldotna. Hamilton is also a member of the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Council and the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. He earned a doctorate in youth and family culture from Fuller Theological Seminary, in California. Hamilton was appointed to a seat representing a private university.

Villa, of Fairbanks, is the associate vice president of workforce programs for the University of Alaska. In addition to working for the Alaska Teamsters Local 959, Ahtna Native Corporation, Fairbanks North Star Borough and the North Pole Refinery, he has served on a number of workforce development groups. These include the Alaska Business Education Compact, the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act Training Plan Steering Committee, Putting Alaska's Resources to Work and the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium. He earned a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of South Dakota. Villa was appointed to a seat representing expertise in education remediation.

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