Obama names Ulmer chair of Arctic commission

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011

ANCHORAGE — President Obama has named former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer as chairwoman of the Arctic Research Commission.

The commission develops a national Arctic research policy and assists in establishing a program plan to implement the policy.

Ulmer served as lieutenant governor from 1994 to 2002 under Gov. Tony Knowles and was the first Alaska woman elected to statewide office. She’s a former Juneau mayor and state representative.

She is currently the chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage and she plans to step down June 1.

She was one of seven members of Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich recommended her for the Arctic Research Commission. He says the country would be hard-pressed to find a more qualified candidate.

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