Ohio - The University of Akron (UA) Board of Regents appointed Dr. Gary Miller as the university's 18th president on August 14. Miller currently serves as the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's chancellor. He previously held positions as chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University, and dean of the College of the Pacific (arts and sciences) at the University of the Pacific. He will succeed interim president Dr. John Green. Miller's UA appointment is effective October 1.
New Mexico - Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Alicia Keyes announced Marco Grajeda as the director of the New Mexico Border Authority on August 16. Grajeda previously served as a field representative in the Las Cruces, New Mexico office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. Prior to that, Grajeda was a reporter and news director of a public radio affiliate in the state. The New Mexico Border Authority is an executive agency that facilitates trade, job training and economic development efforts along the New Mexico border and is a division within the Economic Development Department.
Mississippi - Grenada councilmembers named La'Keylah White as the new city manager. She succeeds Trey Baker who left to join a presidential campaign as national director for African-American engagement. White most recently was president and CEO of a planning consulting firm in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Prior to that she was a planner with the North Central Planning and Development District (NCPDD) in Montgomery County, Mississippi. She previously held positions as the director of federal and state programs and housing coordinator at the city of Hattiesburg and grant administrator with NCPDD.
Missouri - St. Louis Metro Transit selected Stephen Berry as general manager of public safety. Berry previously held positions as deputy director at the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research and the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX). He also worked as a government consultant at a national training center and at the Florida Department of Transportation. In addition, he was a public safety manager at the city of Palmdale, California.
Colorado - The city of Longmont named Valerie Dodd as director of Nextlight, the city's broadband internet service within its Power and Communications utility. Dodd brings more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications and broadband to her new role. She previously served as vice president for marketing strategy and director of employee experience for a global technology company headquartered in Louisiana.
New York - The Allegany County hired Deborah McDonnell as its new county administrator. McDonell most recently was the village manager of Ossining, New York. Before that she served as city administrator of Poughkeepsie, New York, city manager of Fairborn, Ohio, and director of community development the village of Saranac Lake, New York. McDonnell also was a comptroller for a hotel group and business executive for Saranac Lake Central School District in New York.