Were you involved with the 'Friendship Flight' or know someone who was? Join us on November 1st as we celebrate this moment and please stand when requested to receive recognition for your contributuion to Alaska's legacy!
Willie Hensley is the author of Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People. Fifty Miles from Tomorrow became available in paperback in 2010 (Picador) and was originally published in December 2008, by Sarah Crichton Books.
Hensley graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D. C. with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. Following graduation, Hensley was elected to the Alaska State House of Representatives where he served four years and was elected to the Senate for a four-year term. He was appointed by Governor Steve Cowper to the Senate again in 1987. Hensley also served as Chairman of the Capitol Site Selection Committee under Governor Jay Hammond, Chairman of the Land Claims Task Force under Governor Walter Hickel.
Hensley is Visiting Distinguished Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage Collage of Business and Public Policy, where he is teaching Alaska Policy Frontiers (PADM 671).
Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell
Mead Treadwell was elected as Alaska’s lieutenant governor in November 2010. He is committed to helping Governor Sean Parnell strengthen Alaska’s economy by filling the TransAlaska Pipeline, facilitating a gas pipeline, bringing affordable energy to Alaskans and standing up to the federal government to ensure access to our natural resources. On a national level, he has been influential in bringing about a national missile defense system, in shaping U.S. Arctic policy and in establishing circumpolar cooperation.
A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School, Treadwell brings a record of private and public sector success to his job as lieutenant governor.
Lt. Governor Treadwell is recognized as one of the world’s Arctic policy experts. Treadwell was appointed to the United States Arctic Research Commission by President George W. Bush in 2001 and designated by the president as the commission’s chair in 2006. Under his leadership, a new United States Arctic policy was developed and adopted by President Bush and is now being implemented by the current administration.
Former Governor Steve Cowper
In 1986 Steve Cowper was elected as the sixth Governor of Alaska. He managed the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill crisis on behalf of the State of Alaska and played a major role in opening up the Soviet (now Russian) Far East for international trade. For his administration's active role in reviving the Alaskan economy and creating a surplus in the state budget, Cowper was named one of America's top ten governors by the publisher of USA Today.
Steve Cowper began his professional career as a maritime attorney in Norfolk, Virginia, but soon moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where he was a District Attorney and then in private practice with Cowper & Madson. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives in 1975-1978, and was Chairman of the House Finance Committee and Chairman of the Alaska Lands Committee. In 1977-1978 Cowper was one of the Alaska representatives to the Law of the Sea Conference. Cowper also served as chairman of the Alaska Permanent Fund, a public investment trust which today has a value of $37 billion.
Since 1991 Cowper has been CEO of Steve Cowper & Associates, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Austin, Texas, a group which advises companies and governments on energy-related initiatives. In 2004 his firm was chosen as an official adviser to the government of Sao Tome and Principe, an island country off the coast of West Africa. He has also served as a contractor to the US government on infrastructure projects located in other nations. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on large energy infrastructure projects, and has authored several articles in trade magazines and newspapers.
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