SALT LAKE CITY — Jeffrey Nelson, president and CEO of Nelson Laboratories, has been appointed as chairman of the STEM Action Center board, the Governor's Office of Economic Development announced Wednesday.

The STEM Action Center was created during the most recent legislative session to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education as part of the state's push to increase degree attainment by 2020.

"Education is a top priority of mine and is one of the most important investments Utah can make," Gov. Gary Herbert said in a prepared statement. "STEM education is an essential part of this investment and is critical in developing Utah's workforce for the future."

Nelson currently serves as vice chairman of BioUtah. He is an adjunct professor at Westminster College and a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees.