Alabama - An executive committee of the Auburn University Board of Trustees voted on June 23 to recommend former university president Jay Gogue as Auburn's interim president. Gogue previously served as the university's president from 2007 to 2017. The full board will consider him for the position at a special meeting July 8. Gogue replaces Steven Leath who resigned June 21.
Alaska - Erin Reinders was sworn in as Unalaska's new city manager on June 11. She succeeds City Manager Thomas E. Thomas who resigned in April. Reinders joined the city in 2011 and was promoted to assistant city manager in 2015. Before coming to Unalaska, she held various planning positions with the city of Franklin, Tennessee from 2003 to 2011.
California - Board members of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) selected Rob Padgette to be the agency's new managing director, effective July 1. He takes over for David Kutrosky who is resigning after 10 years as director. Padgette previously served as CCJPA's deputy managing director since January 2018. Before that, he was the deputy executive director of the Northeast Corridor Commission in Washington, D.C.
Virginia - The George Mason University Board of Visitors named former Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton as the university's interim president June 20, effective in August. She takes over for departing president Angel Cabrera who is leaving to serve as Georgia Tech's president. Holton has served as a visiting professor at George Mason's Schar School of Policy and Government and its College of Education and Human Development since May 2017. She was Virginia's first lady when her husband, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, served as the state's governor from 2006 to 2010.
Iowa - Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Jim Kurtenbach director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, effective July 1. He replaces outgoing director Janet Phipps Burkhead. Kurtenbach is a former state representative, vice president and chief information officer of Iowa State University (ISU), associate dean of ISU's College of Engineering, and associate professor of accounting. He also served various industries in corporate leadership roles.
North Carolina - The Randolph County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board of Directors promoted Kevin Franklin to full-time president of the organization. Franklin was hired as the EDC's existing business and industry coordinator in 2013. He earned a promotion to vice president in 2017. He has served as interim president since April 1. Franklin previously served as town administrator of Ramseur, North Carolina, for more than five years.