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Hickel’s Institute of the North Names New Board Members

The Institute of the North has named three new members to its Board of Directors. “We are pleased to welcome Duane Heyman, Jack Hickel and Ira Perman,” said Board Vice President John Hendrickson. “Each of these individuals is an outstanding member of the community and passionate about educating people about managing our resources for the benefit of the total.”


Heyman, Hickel and Perman join current board members John Hendrickson, Max Hodel, Steve Shropshire, Mike Sfraga, Gail Phillips and Leif Selkregg.

The announcement marks a first step in the process of ongoing board development at the Institute and responds to the opportunity present in expanding the Institute’s programs. Nils Andreassen, managing director of the Institute of the North, noted that “the passing of the Institute’s founder, Governor Walter J. Hickel, added to the urgency and complexity of the process but shows the vast potential that exists in who we are and what we do.”

“The Institute is committed to building on Governor Hickel’s vision of a resource-rich commons sustaining people and communities,” continued Andreassen.  “That vision requires a robust organization and a strong, talented and diverse Board of Directors.”

The three new members come from different arenas yet bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Board. Duane Heyman, executive director of Corporate Programs at the University of Alaska, is a former executive director of Commonwealth North and led the Alaska Healthcare Roundtable prior to his position at the university.

Ira Perman, president of consulting firm Important Work, spent many years as executive director at both the Anchorage Concert Association and Alaska Humanities Forum.

Jack Hickel, son of Ermalee and the late Governor Hickel, is a doctor at Southcentral Foundation and has spent many years in Africa. Hickel looks forward to sharing his father’s vision and legacy in Alaska with the rest of the world.

The addition of new members is complimented by the Institute’s expansion of program goals and capacity within its Fellows program.

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