- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed a new member to the board that oversees Arizona’s state university system.

Lyndel Manson of Flagstaff fills a Board of Regents seat designated for representation of northern Arizona.

Manson replaces LuAnn Leonard, who was appointed in 2008 by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano and was the first Native American to serve on the board.

Manson is a former investment banking and marketing analyst with an extensive philanthropic and non-profit background.

Her involvement in K-12 education includes serving as president and treasurer of the board of directors of Northland Preparatory Academy.

Her husband, Michael Manson, is the co-founder of PetSmart.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports the Mansons have been donors to prominent Republican political campaigns in the past including those of John McCain, John Kyl and Mitt Romney.

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