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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 14. Education, Libraries, and Museums
- Chapter 42. Postsecondary Education
- Section 15. Creation, Composition, Appointment of Members.
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AS 14.42.015. Creation, Composition, Appointment of Members.
- (a) There is in the Department of Education and Early Development the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
- (1) two members of the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska designated by the members of that body;
- (2) one person representing private higher education in the state selected jointly by the Boards of Trustees of Alaska
Pacific University and Sheldon Jackson College from among their membership;
- (3) one person representing the Department of Education and Early Development selected by the state Board of Education and
- (4) four persons broadly and equitably representative of the general public appointed by the governor;
- (5) one member of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board established by AS 23.15.550
designated by the members of that body;
- (6) one person from the members of the local community college advisory councils appointed by the governor;
- (7) two members from the legislature, one of whom shall be appointed by the president of the senate and one by the speaker
of the house of representatives;
- (8) one person appointed in accordance with (e) of this section who is a full-time student as defined in AS 14.43.160
- (9) one administrator appointed by the governor from a proprietary institution of postsecondary education that has an
authorization to operate in the state issued under AS 14.48.
- (b) No governing body member, trustee, official, or employee of either a public, private, or proprietary institution of
postsecondary or higher education in the state may be appointed to membership on the commission as representative of
the general public for the purpose of (a)(4) of this section.
- (c) The governor's appointees are subject to confirmation by the legislature and shall serve at the pleasure of the
governor for four-year staggered terms. Members appointed or designated by bodies or agencies other than the governor
serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as original
- (d) For the purpose of (a)(4) of this section, "broadly and equitably representative of the general public" means that the
public membership of the commission shall include adequate representation both on the basis of sex and on the basis of
the significant racial, ethnic, geographic, and economic groups in the state.
- (e) A full-time postsecondary student shall be appointed to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education from a list
of nominees submitted to the governor. The governor shall make the appointment from the list within 60 days after it
is submitted. The list must consist of the names of two nominees from Alaska Pacific University, two nominees from
Sheldon Jackson College, and two nominees from each campus of the University of Alaska. The nominees shall be selected
by the students at Alaska Pacific University, Sheldon Jackson College, and each campus of the University of Alaska by
an election held on each campus. Elections under this subsection shall be held concurrently with student regent
elections required under AS 14.40.150
(b) and conducted under rules established by the Office of the Governor. The term of office of the student member of
the commission is two years and begins June 1 of the year in which the appointment is made. Membership on the
commission is immediately forfeited by a student member who ceases to be a full-time student. Within 60 days after a
vacancy occurs, the governor shall appoint a successor from those students appearing on the list of nominees to serve
for the unexpired term of the original appointee. The term "campus" used in this subsection means a portion of the
University of Alaska designated as a "campus" by the Board of Regents.
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