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Below are the University of Alaska Southeast chancellor, provost, vice chancellors, campus directors, and academic deans. For the full UAS Organizational structure view the UAS Organizational Chart. (16Kb)

John Pugh

Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast

Phone: 796-6565 Fax: 796-6295


Chancellor's Office

Soboleff Annex

Juneau Campus

John Pugh was appointed Chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast on August 2, 1999. He serves the University of Alaska with fellow chancellors Brian Rogers at UAF and Tom Case at UAA, under the leadership of President Patrick Gamble. He came to the university after a 15-year career with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, serving as Commissioner of that department from 1983 to 1986.

Chancellor Pugh's educational background is in philosophy and social work. He holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former captain in the US Air Force and served three years at the Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital in Anchorage.

Chancellor Pugh has participated in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) as State Representative for Alaska since 2000. He is the former chair of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (now Education Northwest) and for eleven years was a trustee of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Since 2009, he has served on the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the regional accrediting organization for 163 educational institutions in the U.S. Northwest and Alaska.

John Pugh strongly believes in service to his community. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) and continues to serve as Vice-Chair.  He is a past-president of the Gastineau Rotary Club, where he remains an enthusiastic Rotary Bulb fundraiser and will chair the Membership Committee in 2013-14. In 2011, he was appointed to the Alaska Airlines Southeast Community Advisory Board and continues to serve in that capacity.

Michael Ciri

Interim Vice Chancellor, Director of IT

Phone: 796-6570 Fax: 796-6276


I.T. Services

Juneau Campus

Michael Ciri was raised in the wilderness by wolves and dropped in front of the Mourant Building in 1982 to fend for himself. And he fended well. He went from student to student employee to a regular employee in computing in 1986. He became director of Information Technology and Media Services in 2000.

He is UAS educated, receiving an AA in 1988, a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1994 and received his master's in Public Administration in 2007. He also holds the record for most consecutive years of living in student housing and is in the UAS mascot hall of fame as the original "Spike" the whale.

Joe G Nelson, J.D.

Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs

Phone: 796-6100 Fax: 796-6365


Novatney Bldg, Rm. 205

Juneau Campus

Born in Mount Edgecumbe, AK, Joe was raised as a commercial fisherman in Yakutat. He is a member of the Teikweidí (Brown Bear) clan, eagle moiety of the Yakutat Tlingit tribe. After graduating Yakutat High School, Joe attended college in Southern California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA in 1996 and earned his Master of Arts in American Indian Studies in 1998. In 2001, he received a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.

Joe is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, the Sealaska Board of Directors, and the Juneau Lions Club.

John Blanchard

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Phone: 796-6340 Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


School of Management

Novatney Bldg, Rm 121

Juneau Campus

Deborah Lo

Dean, School of Education

Phone: 796-6050


School of Education

Juneau Campus

Priscilla Schulte

Campus Director/Professor of Anthropology/Sociology

Phone: 228-4548 / 228-4515 Fax: 225-3624


Ketchikan Director's OfficeArts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Ziegler Bldg, Room 116A

Ketchikan Campus

Ph.D., University of New Mexico. Dr. Schulte specializes in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures, sociocultural change, and archaeology of southeast Alaska.

Priscilla Schulte has been teaching on the Ketchikan campus since 1980 and has been teaching distance classes for over ten years. Most of her students are in southeast Alaska, but some are from as far away as Connecticut. Priscilla has taught summer classes on the Juneau campus as well as distance delivery classes by video and audio conference to the Juneau campus. She teaches primarily lower division anthropology and sociology classes, as well as multicultural education classes.

Priscilla started her teaching career by teaching anthropology at Dine College (formerly Navajo Community College) now located in Tsaile, Arizona. Her anthropological fieldwork in Arizona and Chicago sparked her interest in completing an M.A. in anthropology at the University of Connecticut. During her years of living and teaching on the Navajo Nation, she began her doctoral work at the University of New Mexico which she completed after her move to Alaska in 1980.

Priscilla’s research and teaching interests are in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures (primarily of southeast Alaska), and Native American culture change. She produced the video, “The Bear Stands Up,” which has aired on public television. Her most recent research has focused on the totem pole carvers of the CCC era. She is an adopted member of the Tongass Brown Bear clan of the Tlingit people. She is the mother of two daughters who have inspired and encouraged her in her research and teaching.

Jeff Johnston

Campus Director

Phone: 747-7704


Sitka Director's Office

Sitka Campus

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