Deal reappoints three Georgia Board of Regents members

Gov. Nathan Deal enters the budget committee room to speak to lawmakers.

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Gov. Nathan Deal enters the budget committee room to speak to lawmakers.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday reappointed three members to the Board of Regents, likely marking his final major action on the state’s public higher education system.

Deal reappointed Dean Alford, Donald Leeburn Jr. and Richard Tucker to the board.

Alford, president and chief executive officer of Allied Energy Services, was first appointed to the board in January 2012. Leeburn, first appointed to the board in 1991, is chairman of Georgia Crown, Alabama Crown, and Tennessee Crown Distributing Companies. Tucker, managing partner of Arlington Capital, LLC, a private equity firm, was first appointed to the board in 2005.

The terms of all three members were set to end in January. The Regents set policy for the University System of Georgia, which oversees the state’s largest public colleges and universities. A spot on the 19-member board is considered one of the plum appointments in state government.

Deal's second and final term as governor ends later this month.