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September 18, 2009 12:02am
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•  High honor for Boy Scout turned Valley businessman

•  Key post filled at UC Merced

•  And more….

Barry Bauer
Mark Aldenderfer
Colin Smith

• Barry Bauer is to be honored Oct. 8 at a dinner in Fresno with the “Distinguished Citizen Award” by the Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America. The Scouts are saluting Mr. Bauer for his service to the community and to the Scouting program

A Boy Scout in his youth, Mr. Bauer had a lengthy career with IBM in Silicon Valley and returned to Fresno to become president of Herb Bauer Sporting Goods, a local Fresno business landmark.

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• Mark Aldenderfer has been named dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts at the University of California, Merced, effective Jan. 1, 2010.

He succeeds Kenji Hakuta, who was founding dean of the college, but who left UC Merced three years ago. Since then, the post has been held on an interim basis by Hans Bjornsson, vice provost of academic planning.

Mr. Aldenderfer has been an anthropology professor at the University of Arizona. He has directed his research to emergence of social inequality and ancient cultures.

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• Colin Smith of Sacramento has been named as an assistant attorney with Drobny Law Offices Inc. of Sacramento. He earned his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2006, where he was awarded the Trustees Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement and graduated cum laude. After law school, Mr. Smith earned his LL.M. in taxation from Boston University School of Law.

Mr. Smith is a member of the Sacramento Estate Planning Council and a member of Sacramento Active 20/30, which provides charitable fund raising and activities for children.

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• Keith Casey, is the new vice president, market and infrastructure development at the California Independent System Operator Corp.

Mr. Casey was a part of the Cal-ISO start-up team in 1997 and has served as director of market monitoring, playing a key role in designing a new market that guards against manipulation and fosters healthy competition. He also helped develop a new method for assessing the economic benefits of proposed transmission expansion projects and has served as an expert witness in state and federal regulatory proceedings on market analysis and the economic justification for key transmission expansion projects.

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• Christopher Meyer, 56, of Granite Bay, has been appointed senior chief of facilities, construction and management for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since 1999, he has worked as president for PM/CM Services.

Prior to that, Mr. Meyer was the vice president for ICF Kaiser Engineers from 1990 to 1998 and as senior construction manager for CRSS Construction from 1984 to 1990. Earlier, he was a lecturer for California State University, Chico from 1983 to 1984 and a volunteer carpenter for VISTA Volunteer from 1977 to 1978.

Mr. Meyer is registered decline-to-state.

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• Kurt Wilson, 35, of Sacramento, has been appointed as executive director of the Correction Standards Authority for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Since 2007, he has served as the chief of external affairs in the Office of Public and Employee Communications for CDCR.

Mr. Wilson was director of the Office of Public Safety and Violence Prevention for the city of San Bernardino from 2006 to 2007 and chief executive officer of Wilson Schools from 2000 to 2006. He served as the mayor pro tempore for the city of Rialto from 2002 to 2004.

Mr. Wilson is a Democrat.


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