Rick Myers, chief operating officer of Critical Path Institute in Tucson and a part-time instructor at the University of Arizona, has been appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents.

Gov. Jan Brewer announced the eight-year appointment on Monday. Myers will replace Fred Boice, whose term expires Jan. 18.

“I’m very appreciative to the governor for giving me this opportunity,” Myers said. “My experience at IBM has given me an appreciation for the importance of higher education to Arizona’s citizens and toward the state’s competitiveness. I look forward to working with the university presidents, the regents and the Legislature in the future.”

Brewer said, “(Myers) brings years of experience in executive management, project management skills and international business expertise. As a part-time faculty instructor at the University of Arizona, Mr. Myers knows the value of educational leadership when it comes to preparing students for successful business and leadership careers.”

Boice will remain a voting member of the board until Myers is officially confirmed by the Senate. The term of the new regent will end in January 2018.

“We are pleased and excited about the governor’s appointment of Richard Myers. He has a proven track record of service to the community,” said ABOR President Ernest Calderón. “The governor’s appointment of Mr. Myers shows she is very serious about supporting higher education.”

Myers is chief operating officer of Critical Path Institute, which provides direction to a coalition against major diseases. He also is a part-time faculty instructor at the University of Arizona, where he co-teaches a graduate level management of technology course.
Myers retired from IBM after 25 years.