UAS News

UAS Sitka campus selects professor Leslie Gordon as director

Sitka, Alaska
Date of Press Release: 4/12/18

UAS Professor Leslie Gordon has been selected as Campus Director of the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus. She currently serves as professor and program director for Health Information Management, and as assistant director of academic affairs. She has taught more than ten years at the campus and has built the Health Information Management (HIM) program into a vibrant, rigorous, externally-accredited program. She begins her new position effective May 13, 2018.

As Sitka Campus Director, Gordon will serve as the campus’ chief executive officer, responsible for strategic planning and budget management, instructional activities, facilities management, and day-to-day operations. The Director is also part of UAS regional leadership, working in concert with university leaders at the Juneau and Ketchikan campuses. She will work closely with the Sitka Campus Advisory Council to ensure UAS is meeting the needs of the community and region. She will also join other campus directors across Alaska as part of the UA Community Campus Directors Council that advises UA President Jim Johnsen.

Keith Perkins, chair of the UAS Sitka Campus Advisory Council said, "Leslie brings to the campus a very successful professional background in managing the Health Information Management program for the University and leading it to prominence across all of Alaska. Her success in this area allowed her to be involved at the national level in how Health Information Management has evolved in its education delivery. As a long-time Sitkan and faculty member with administrative experience, we are truly excited to welcome her into the position of Campus Director."

As Campus Director, Gordon will report to UAS Provost Karen Carey. According to Carey, “Leslie is a valuable member of the Sitka Campus and UAS leadership as a whole. She demonstrates innovative, thoughtful leadership and viewed as an outstanding leader for our Sitka campus. Interim Director Jill Hanson has done an excellent job and will continue to provide leadership working closely with Director Gordon.”

UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield also expressed support for Gordon’s new role: “The Sitka Campus has opportunities to expand offerings with community partners like Mt Edgecumbe High School, the Sitka School District, and the Sitka Tribe. I’m confident that Leslie will provide the leadership we need to grow these partnerships.”

Gordon earned both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Health Information Management from the College of Saint Scholastica in Minnesota. She is a recognized leader in the HIM field and has served on numerous professional and regulatory organizations. She was awarded the 2017 UAS Faculty Excellence Award.

For more information about the UAS Sitka Campus, see http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/

Contacts:

Keni Campbell

University of Alaska Southeast

(907) 796-6509