Kragel Named to Board
By Doug Boyd
Dr. Peter Kragel, interim director of ECU’s Center for Health Sciences Communication, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of the directors of the Universal Services Administrative Co.
USAC administers the Universal Services Fund, the fund mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to promote availability of services at affordable rates, increase access to advanced telecommunications services nationally and advance availability of services to consumers including those in low-income, rural and high-cost areas.
Telecommunications carriers put money into the fund, which in 2005 provided an estimated $7.1 billion to support access and affordable rates to four targets: high-cost areas, schools and libraries, low-income consumers and rural health care providers.
A 19-member board manages the business affairs of USAC. Kragel has been appointed to the board by Kevin Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, as one of two representatives of rural health care organizations eligible to receive discounts.
Kragel is also professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine and associate vice chancellor for planning and program development for the ECU Health Sciences Division.