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Leadership Transition at UAS

Chancellor Pugh takes a moment to pose with recent graduate Andre Bunton

The public is invited to a goodbye reception for Chancellor John Pugh in honor of his retirement on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 4:30-7:30pm at the Lakeside Grill in the Mourant Building, UAS Juneau campus. Music by Tom Locher and friends and refreshments will be provided. Attendees are invited to thank Pugh by sharing memories and stories from his 28-year career at UAS that began as a Dean in 1987. He was appointed Chancellor in 1999.

In some ways, Pugh said in recent remarks to staff, UAS has come full circle. “When then-Chancellor Marshall Lind hired me in 1987, oil prices were down to 8 dollars a barrel. I was asked to cut 1 million dollars from a $12 million budget.” Pugh recalled how despite tight funding over the years, the UAS administration found ways to build a recreation facility, create a development and alumni office and build a freshman residence hall on the Juneau campus.

Provost Rick Caulfield will start work as Chancellor June 1. Caulfield was selected to replace Pugh by UA President Pat Gamble after a months-long national search. Pugh announced last October he would retire at the end of May.

“Rick’s done a good job as Provost and will do a good job as Chancellor,” Pugh said. “I am pleased that we have someone in place for this important transition with experience in higher education in Alaska.” He added that Caulfield’s leading academic programs over the past five years as Provost will serve the institution well as it moves into challenging budget times. Caulfield completed undergraduate degrees at the University of California Berkeley, a master’s degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his doctorate in the United Kingdom. He has worked in the University of Alaska system for more than 30 years, including as provost, dean, campus director, and tenured full professor.

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as UAS Chancellor,” Caulfield said. “UAS is a student-centered university with terrific faculty and staff. We’ve come a long way in recent years in promoting student learning and student success. We’re going to keep moving forward in partnership with employers and the communities we serve.”

An email poll asking staff what they’ll miss most about Pugh garnered several comments and compliments. Professor of Education Katy Spangler wrote, “I dearly remember his campaign to get students to go their classes in the morning: it was called ‘Get Off Your Ass and Go to Class’. He has left UAS an entirely different institution from when he arrived in 1987.” Alumna Denise Caposey wrote, “A hard act to follow, Chancellor Pugh. You set the standard for what a University Chancellor can do for a community of learners.”

Contact: Katie Bausler
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: 907-796-6530

Community Day on Campus and First Year Residence Hall Dedication

Chancellor John Pugh invites the public to a dedication of the new Freshman Residence Hall just prior to the start of Community Day on Campus, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Members of the Juneau legislative delegation, the UAS project manager, and Alaska Natïve representatives will speak, followed by a ribbon cutting.

An open house and tours of the hall, which opened as of the Fall 2014 semester, will be on-going starting at 11 a.m. on the UAS Auke Lake campus.

The annual Community Day on Campus will also include free kayak, paddle board, and boat rentals on Auke Lake and the second annual elementary school art exhibit and competition. The Juneau School District Elementary Art Show Student Recognition Ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the Egan Library.

Face painting, food booths, carnival games, bouncy house, DIPAC touch tank, storytime and more will be in the mix of this joint effort by Juneau Jazz and Classics, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, and UAS. Music by local youth and community groups will be performed in the Egan Library between 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: Eric Scott
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6389

President Announces Selection of University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor

Dr. Rick CaulfieldUniversity of Alaska (UA) President Patrick K. Gamble today announced that Rick Caulfield has been selected to replace John Pugh as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). Pugh announced last October he would retire at the end of May. Caulfield currently serves as UAS Provost.

A committee of UAS faculty and staff led the national search which resulted in Caulfield’s selection. Gamble commented, “I was very pleased to confirm the recommendation of the UAS selection committee. Rick has worked tirelessly alongside of John Pugh as his right-hand in the advancement of not only our southeast campuses, but of UA’s broad based Shaping Alaska’s Future initiative. He is well positioned to assume the leadership role on behalf of UAS faculty, staff and students, to guide UAS into a bright future.”

As provost and chief academic officer at UAS Caulfield is responsible for ensuring that UAS academic programs are fully compliant with regional, national, and professional accreditation standards. He is actively engaged with implementing the university’s strategic and assessment goals and strategies.

Dr. Caulfield has been a part of the University of Alaska for more than 30 years. He began his higher education teaching career in 1985 at the university’s Bristol Bay Campus. He became a full professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as part of the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development. His research interests took him to Greenland, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, and Russia. He has published two books and numerous other professional publications and served on national and international science steering committees and boards, including the NSF Oceans-Atmosphere-Ice Interactions Scientific Committee, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and the University of the Arctic.

A 40-year Alaska resident, Dr. Caulfield has combined academic and professional interests with experiences in commercial fishing, flying, sailing, home construction, dog mushing, hunting, recreational fishing, and other outdoor pursuits.

Dr. Caulfield earned a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and BA and BS degrees in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact: Kate Wattum
University of Alaska
Phone: 907-450-8104

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