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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
John Georgas* Northern Arizona University
Gail Burd University of Arizona
Amir Dabirian California State University, Fullerton
Karyn Scissum Gunn California State University, Long Beach
Meera Komarraju California State University, Northridge
Elizabeth Simmons University of California, San Diego
Official Representative Member
Laura Niesen de Abruña* Metropolitan State University of Denver
Marion K. Underwood Colorado State University
Gail Kinney Colorado State University – Pueblo
Anita Borja Enriquez* University of Guam
Official Representative Member
Debora Halbert* University of Hawai’i System
Keiki Kawai’ae’a University of Hawai’i at Hilo
Michael Bruno University of Hawai’i – Mānoa
Harald Barkhoff University of Hawai’i – West O’ahu
Official Representative Member
John Buckwalter Boise State University
TJ Bliss* Idaho State Board of Education
Adam Bradford Idaho State University
Fred Chilson Lewis-Clark State College
Torrey Lawrence University of Idaho
Official Representative Member
Robert Mokwa Montana State University, Bozeman
Adrea Lawrence University of Montana
Nosa Egiebor Montana Technical University
Sep Eskandari Montana State University Billings
Joe Thiel* Montana University System
Official Representative Member
Daniel Archer Nevada System of Higher Education
Dana Ryan Western Nevada College
David Shintani University of Nevada, Reno
Kate Hausbeck-Korgan* University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sarah Frey Nevada State University
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
Alan Shoho New Mexico State University
Ivan Lopez-Hurtado Northern New Mexico State College
Official Representative Member
Lisa Johnson North Dakota University System
Margaret Dahlberg Valley City State University
Laurie Geller Minot State University
Eric Link* University of North Dakota
Official Representative Member
Shelly Chabon Portland State University
Edward Feser Oregon State University
Veronica Dujon* State of Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Matt Seimears Eastern Oregon University
Joanna Mott Oregon Institute of Technology
Rob Winningham Western Oregon University
Official Representative Member
Jon Kilpinen Black Hills State University
Michael Wanous Northern State University
Dennis Hedge South Dakota State University
Pam Carriveau* South Dakota Board of Regents
Kurt Hackemer University of South Dakota
Lance Roberts South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Official Representative Member
Michael Lacourse Utah Technical University
Mitzi Montoya University of Utah
Julie Hartley-Moore Utah System of Higher Education
David Connelly* Utah Valley University
Official Representative Member
Julie Garver Council of Presidents
Jonathan Anderson Eastern Washington University
Renny Christopher* Washington State University
Kurt Kirstein Central Washington University
Official Representative Member
Kevin Carman* University of Wyoming