Board of Directors
The Science Foundation Arizona board of directors is comprised of distinguished and respected leaders from Arizona, as well as highly talented experts in academia, R&D and business from the United States and internationally.
Tucson, AZ (Chairman)
After twenty-five years of service, Rick Myers retired from the IBM Corporation in 2003. He held the
position of Vice President of Development, Storage Systems, and was a member of the IBM Chairman’s Senior Management Group.
He was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer and served an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents including two years as chairman. Rick was CEO of Tempronics, a venture-funded company with an innovative and patented solid-state thermal management product serving the auto industry and others. He developed and has taught a unique graduate course on the management of technology in the combined Business, Science, and Engineering Colleges at the University of Arizona. He has used his engineering background and leadership talents in a range of activities from creating and successfully taking to the ballot, a 20-year transportation plan for southern Arizona, to working with the FDA and Pharmaceutical industry on modernizing approaches to drug development as a part of The Critical Path Institute. Rick was named Tucson Man of the Year in 2013.
Craig Barrett, Ph.D.
Phoenix, AZ (Vice Chairman)
Dr. Craig Barrett received a Ph.D. degree from Stanford. After joining Intel in 1974, he served as CEO and chairman, retiring in 2009.
Dr. Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education and increasing awareness of the value of technology in raising economic and social standards globally. He chairs Achieve, Change The Equation, Arizona Ready Education Council, and BASIS Schools; co-chairs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board; vice chairs Science Foundation Arizona; and is on the Boards of Society for Science and the Public, K12, Arizona Commerce Authority, Tallwave, and Geothermic Solution. Dr. Barrett previously served as Chair of the National Academy of Engineering. He is on the faculty of Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Dr. Barrett and his wife, Barbara, founded Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University.
Tucson, AZ (Secretary)
Fred Boice has been active in Arizona’s education community for more than 45 years. He served as president of The University of Arizona Foundation, Junior Achievement and the Tucson Airport Authority. As an eight-year member of the Arizona Board of Regents, Boice assisted in shaping the board’s first long-term, system-wide strategic plan to increase the number of Arizonans with bachelor’s degrees by expanding lower cost options for degree attainment to make Arizona more academically competitive.
Sandra Watson is an economic development professional with 28 years of leadership experience in business attraction and expansion, innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. She and her teams have worked with over 950 companies that have committed to creating more than 191,000 quality jobs and investing $33 billion in capital in Arizona. Ms. Watson serves as the President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), a public-private partnership that leads statewide economic development. In addition to leading the ACA and serving on its Board of Directors, Ms. Watson serves on Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s leadership team as his Senior Economic Policy Advisor. She is also a member of the National State Science and Technology Institute Board of Trustees.
Phoenix, AZ (Founding Chair)
Mr. Budinger is one of the founders and president of Rodel Inc., a startup that grew to become the world’s largest manufacturer of the surface finishing chemicals used to make computer chips, rigid memory disks and specialty optics. Currently, Budinger is Chairman and Founding Director of the Rodel Foundations, and Board Member of The Morrison Institute, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Basis Charter Schools and Greater Phoenix Leadership. In addition, Don serves on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Values Teachers and the O’Connor House Advisory Group.
Robert Millis, Ph.D.
Flagstaff, AZ (Treasurer)
Dr. Millis is a planetary astronomer and former director of the Lowell Observatory, one of the largest privately managed astronomical research institutions in the nation. He is a renowned expert in studies of the outer solar system and serves on the board for the Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy; Arizona Arts, Science and Technology Academy; and Flagstaff Forty.
William Harris, Ph.D.
Phoenix, AZ (CEO)
Dr. Harris is the president and chief executive officer of Science Foundation Arizona. He served as founding director general of Science Foundation Ireland; designed and led several industry/university R&D collaborative programs for the National Science Foundation; served as National Science Foundation Director of Mathematical and Physical Sciences; and vice president of research at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Harris is an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy.