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Provost or chief academic officer represents each member

Each member appoints an official representative to the Forum. From the pool of each state’s representatives, one is selected to serve on the 16-member Executive Committee.

*Executive Committee Member 

Official Representative Member
Denise Runge* University of Alaska Anchorage
Sana Efird Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Anupma Prakash University of Alaska Fairbanks
Maren Haavig University of Alaska Southeast
Paul Layer University of Alaska System
Official Representative Member
Gail Burd* University of Arizona
Loren Blanchard California State University System
Brian Jersky California State University, Long Beach
Mary Walker* California State University, Northridge
Carl Kemnitz California State University San Marcos
Elizabeth Simmons University of California, San Diego
Official Representative Member
Alfred Tatum* Metropolitan State University of Denver
Mary Pedersen Colorado State University
Mohamed Abdelrahman Colorado State University – Pueblo
Anita Borja Enriquez* University of Guam
Official Representative Member
Debora Halbert* University of Hawai’i System
Michael Bruno University of Hawai’i – Manoa
Jeffrey Moniz University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu
Official Representative Member
Tony Roark Boise State University
TJ Bliss Idaho State Board of Education
Karen Appleby Idaho State University
Fred Chilson Lewis-Clark State College
Torrey Lawrence* University of Idaho
Official Representative Member
Robert Mokwa Montana State University, Bozeman
Reed Humphrey University of Montana
Steve Gammon Montana Technical University
Sep Eskandari Montana State University Billings
Brock Tessman* Montana University System
Official Representative Member
Crystal Abba Nevada System of Higher Education
David Shintani* University of Nevada, Reno
Chris Heavey University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Vickie Shields Nevada State College
Official Representative Member
Jamie Laurenz Eastern New Mexico University
Roxanne Gonzales New Mexico Highlands University
James Holloway University of New Mexico
Jack Crocker Western New Mexico University
Rebecca Pollard Campbell* New Mexico State University
Ivan Lopez-Hurtado Northern New Mexico State College
Official Representative Member
Margaret Dahlberg Valley City State University
Laurie Geller Minot State University
Eric Link* University of North Dakota
Official Representative Member
Susan Jeffords Portland State University
Edward Feser Oregon State University
Veronica Dujon* State of Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Sarah Witte Eastern Oregon University
Joanna Mott Oregon Institute of Technology
Susan Walsh Southern Oregon University
Rob Winningham Western Oregon University
Official Representative Member
Chris Crawford Black Hills State University
Michael Wanous Northern State University
Dennis Hedge South Dakota State University
Rebecca Hoey* South Dakota Board of Regents
Kurt Hackemer University of South Dakota
Official Representative Member
Michael Lacourse Dixie State University
Daniel Reed University of Utah
Julia Hartley Utah System of Higher Education
David Connelly* Utah Valley University
Official Representative Member
Brian Levin-Stankevich Eastern Washington University
David McAvity Evergreen State College
Renny Christopher* Washington State University
Michelle DenBeste Central Washington University
Official Representative Member
Kevin Carman* University of Wyoming