Sv Council Adds Two Campus Board Members

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The project has had its share of setbacks, but on Tuesday, a four-year college campus in Payson received a boost forward.

The Star Valley Town Council appointed two more board members to the Rim Country Education Alliance Separate Legal Entity, which will own the campus and related facilities.

A unanimous council vote selected Suzanne Cummins, a professor at the University of Arizona; and Ronnie McDaniel, a retired judge, to serve between two and four years.

The move follows Payson, which appointed former town councilor Mike Vogel and former marketing executive Mary Kastner to fill two of the six seats on the board last week.

The four newly appointed board members will recommend to the two councils the final two governing board members. All of the board members came from a closely held list of candidates who had been approved by representatives of the financial backers who have pledged up to $400 million in loans to build the 6,000-student campus.

Payson Mayor Kenny Evans said they have already received 30 resumes from people who want to serve.

To avoid a conflict of interest, no councilors or their family members will serve on the Education Alliance governing board.

The board is set with the task of negotiating and signing agreements with several entities, including Arizona State University.

The board also needs agreements with the builders of a convention hotel, solar facilities, dormitories and other spin-off businesses.

The Star Valley and Payson councils jointly formed the Separate Legal Entity.

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