FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks says it will create a public service institute named after late Iditarod champion Susan Butcher.
Officials say the Susan Butcher Institute will be dedicated to cultivating public service and leadership skills for Alaska residents.
Butcher's husband, David Monson, will serve as executive director. He will develop programs intended to inspire people to improve their own communities through public service, volunteerism and taking on new challenges.
The institute expects to offer the programs starting in fall 2010.
Butcher was a four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She died in 2006 of acute myelogenous leukemia.