The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management and the UAF Associated Students of Business selected Jack B. Wilbur Jr. as this
year's recipient of the "Business Leader of the Year"
Award. Wilbur is president of Design Alaska Inc. This is the 31st year
UAF has given this annual award. Recipients are selected for their
business excellence, educational support and community service.
Wilbur began his career with Design Alaska in 1975. He worked as a
mechanical engineer-in-training before becoming Design Alaska's
chief mechanical engineer in 1980. In 1990, he was selected as the
executive vice president, a position he held until he was promoted to
president in 1996. In addition to his career as an engineer, Wilbur
serves on the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. Task Force, the KUAC
Leadership Council, the board of directors for the Greater Fairbanks
Chamber of Commerce, and the UAF College of Engineering and Mines
Advisory and Development Council. He volunteers with Rotary
International, United Way of the Tanana Valley and the Midnight Sun
Council-Boy Scouts of America.