Governor Dunleavy Announces Senior Staff Changes
Babcock to Assume Role of Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Affairs, Stevens Named Chief of Staff
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced changes to his senior staff: Tuckerman Babcock will assume the role of Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Affairs and Ben Stevens will become the Governor’s new Chief of Staff.
“It’s been a privilege to have Tuckerman Babcock serve as my Chief of Staff, and I’m grateful for his continued service and commitment to the State of Alaska,” said Governor Dunleavy. “I’m confident that both Ben and Tuckerman’s leadership will continue to help us carry out this administration’s goals and agenda.”
Babcock, who has served as Chief of Staff since the Dunleavy administration took office in December, says he looks forward to serving in his new role.
“I’m excited to serve as Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Affairs,” said Tuckerman Babcock. “This is a move I requested of the Governor; which allows me to concentrate on the areas I can best serve the Governor’s agenda. This will be a smooth internal transition. I have enjoyed working with Ben these past eight months and know he is more than qualified to serve as Chief of Staff to Governor Dunleavy.”
Ben Stevens has had a strong career in Alaska politics. Stevens was appointed by Governor Tony Knowles to the Alaska State Senate in August 2001. Stevens went on to serve as Alaska Senate Majority Leader and later Senate President.
“I’m honored that the Governor would ask me to serve as his Chief of Staff.” said Stevens. “I appreciate the leadership Tuckerman has shown since the transition and I look forward to continue working with him as we move the Governor’s agenda forward.”
Staff changes were announced during a meeting of the Governor’s Cabinet and staff.
photo caption: From left to right: Tuckerman Babcock, Governor Dunleavy, and Ben Stevens.
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Architects often find themselves facing something of a chicken and egg dilemma. When it comes to design, what takes precedence—form or function?
“It’s a great question, and it’s probably a loaded question,” says David McVeigh, president of RIM Architects. “You can ask ten different architects and get ten different answers.”
Many of the factors that influence those answers land outside the architect’s control. The client’s vision for the building, its location and intended use, the project budget, and whether the design must conform to specific guidelines are all details the architect must consider when determining how much emphasis to place on aesthetics and how much on function.