Two New Regents Appointed to Board
Two new members have been elected to the University of the Pacific's Board of Regents -- Fawzi M. Al-Saleh, president of Musaad Al-Saleh & Sons, Ltd., and Kevin Huber, President and CEO of the Grupe Company. Both were elected to the board during a Board of Regents meeting held in San Francisco in mid-January, and will start their new positions July 1, 2011.
Al-Saleh is a 1962 graduate from the School of Engineering and Computer Science, and Huber is a 1986 graduate of the Eberhardt School of Business. Both men have extensive business and management backgrounds.
"Both men are Pacific graduates and understand our community's goals, history and standards, and they will be great additions to the board," said Tom Zuckerman, director of the Board of Regents. "Their understanding of the University and the world of business will serve Pacific well as it continues to look for better ways to serve its students and its communities."
Al-Saleh has been a strong supporter of Pacific for several decades and has helped recruit many students from the Middle East to Pacific. He was named the School of Engineering and Computer Science Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1999 and has served on the School of Engineering and Computer Science Dean's Council since 2002.
He has a law degree from Suffolk University. He is involved in numerous businesses in the Middle East, but his primary company - Musaad Al-Saleh & Sons - is a holding company involved in investment, banking, real estate development and construction projects such as roads, power plant, housing and buildings. It is considered to be one of the leading construction companies in the Middle East. He has residences in both the United States and Kuwait.
Personally, he has been involved in education, having founded the Fawzia Sultan Education Co. (FAWSEC) a non-profit company, the owner of Al Bayan Bilingual School and the Fawzia Sultan International School for learning disability, both in Kuwait. He is also the founder of the Kuwait Engineering Society and a member of Kuwait Lawyers Association.
Huber and his family have long connections to Pacific. His mother also graduated from Pacific, his daughter currently is a student and his father-in-law is a former regent. Additionally, he served on the Eberhardt School of Business Advisory Board from 1997-2006 and taught at Eberhardt for Founder's Day.
He currently is president and CEO of the Grupe Company, which has created 10 master-planned communities and more than 50,000 homes in 35 cities nationwide in its 44 years of business. He started at the company as a land leasing and property manager, then served as senior vice president of the San Joaquin County region before being named president. He also serves as president of Grupe Real Estate, which manages more than 400,000 square feet of office and retail space.
Outside of his professional life, Huber is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, the San Joaquin Partnership, the Urban Land Institute and the Building Industry Association of the Delta. He also served on the board of the United Way of San Joaquin County from 1989 to 1999.
Al-Saleh and Huber will serve three-year terms and can be reappointed two more times to the board to serve three consecutive terms.
The University of the Pacific Board of Regents is entrusted with final responsibility for the quality and integrity of the education provided by the University. It selects the President, approves the mission of the University, and ensures provision of adequate resources to support the University. In addition, the Board protects the University from external pressures antithetical to academic freedom and to University autonomy or integrity.