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UA President Pat Gamble congratulates Ulmer on national appointment


University of Alaska President Pat Gamble lauded the choice of
University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer to serve on a
national independent panel to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil

"This high level commission will have a tough job. Their report has
the potential to influence future national energy policy. The
president picked Fran because she is a very intelligent woman and
brings her specific experience in energy and the environment to the
table," Gamble said. "Her service to the nation will make Alaska, UAA
and the UA system all very proud."

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and
Offshore Drilling will be co-chaired by former Florida Sen. Bob Graham
and former federal Environmental Protection Agency chief William
Reilly, who ran the agency during the Exxon spill.

Other members announced Monday along with Chancellor Ulmer include
Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council;
Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for
Environmental Science; Terry Garcia, a former National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration assistant secretary who served as NOAA's
general counsel during the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince
William Sound; and Cherry Murray, dean of the Harvard School of
Engineering and Applied Sciences.

During Ulmer's 30-plus years of working in public service on the
local, state and national levels, she helped shape both public and
environmental policy. As a state legislator, she served as a member on
the Special Committee on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Claims Settlement.
She was the first chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council, a member
of Gov. Tony Knowles' Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council and
served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish

She will continue as UAA's chancellor, but had already announced plans
to retire in June 2011.

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and
Offshore Drilling is expected to deliver a report to President Obama
within six months.
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