Gov. Jan Brewer appointed Rick Myers to an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2010. He currently serves as chair of the Board, chair of the Regents’ Executive Committee and as an ex-officio member of all standing ABOR committees. Myers serves on the board of directors for Critical Path Institute and was that organization's chief operating officer for more than three years. Critical Path is a non-profit organization that works with the pharmaceutical industry, patient groups, academia and the Food and Drug Administration to tackle significant issues in drug development. Prior to joining Critical Path Institute, Myers was the vice president and general manager of IBM Tucson. He retired from IBM in 2003 after a 25-year career with the company.
Myers is a civic leader in Tucson and across the state. He is a member of the Tucson Airport Authority and co-chaired the Citizens Committee of the Regional Transportation Authority in 2006. He is a current member and past chairman of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council; he chaired the Tucson community-wide United Way campaign in 2001, and is a past board member of the Science Foundation Arizona. In addition, Myers co-developed and taught a graduate course on the management of technology in combined Business, Science and Engineering Colleges at the University of Arizona. He was honored with the Greater Tucson Leadership “Community Leadership Award” in 2004. In 2012, Myers received the “AZBio Public Service Award” from the Arizona Bioindustry Association in recognition of his tireless efforts and advocacy for research, innovation and education in Arizona. His dedication and service to Tucson and Southern Arizona also has been recognized by the Greater Tucson Leadership who named Myers their 2012 Man of the Year.
Myers received a bachelor of science in engineering from the University of Alabama-Huntsville in 1978. He has been married to his wife Judy for 33 years and has two daughters, Julie Charters and Karen Stine, as well as three grandchildren, Kaylie, Thomas and Sienna.