Nina Raynor Barnes, Vice Chair of the Utah Board of Higher Education, was appointed to the then-Utah Board of Regents in 2012. Nina previously served as a Southern Utah University Board of Trustee member and for two terms on the Cedar City Council. Barnes currently teaches as an adjunct professor at SUU. She owns and operates several businesses and is heavily involved in many local, county, and state initiatives, including Envision Utah, Real Women Run, and as vice chair of the Utah Federation of Republican Women. Barnes received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from Southern Utah University. Nina and her husband, Keith C. Barnes, have five children and one perfect granddaughter.