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2011-2019 Michael Powers

Michael Powers was appointed in 2011 by Governor Parnell.  He serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.   He first served at Fairbanks Memorial as its Chief Financial Officer in 1986 and was named CEO in 1995.  His healthcare leadership extends throughout the state and Pacific Northwest,  including serving a 2nd term as Chair of the Alaska Hospital and Nursing Home Association and serving as a former Alaskan delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board.  Powers earned a masters degree in Healthcare Services Administration from University of Wisconsin/Madison, and a bachelors degree in English Literature from Lawrence University.  He earned a higher diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature at Trinity College – Dublin, as a Rotary International Graduate Fellow.  Powers’ community involvement includes Executive Committee of the Interior Community Health Center, Executive Committee of the Fairbanks Concert Association,  former Co-Chair of the United Way of the Tanana Valley, and former Advisory Committee member of the University of Alaska Summer Research Academy.  He has worked as a high school English teacher, newspaper reporter, and VISTA volunteer in Alaska and Wisconsin.