Ted R. Capener, vice president for university relations at the University of Utah, has been appointed to the board of directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Utah, according to Frederick Montmorency, chairman of the board, and Jed H. Pitcher, president and chief executive officer.

Before accepting his present assignment, Capener was senior vice president for news, public affairs and research for Bonneville International Corp. He also served for nine years as chief of Bonneville's Washington, D.C., news bureau.Pitcher said Capener's experience in communication and public affairs will make him an important addition to the company, a firm that provides coverage for 350,000 Utahns through a variety of insurance plans.