The Board of Regents Wants to Hear From You!
“We want to hear from our university stakeholders as well as the public about who they think could best lead this complex institution,”
The three finalists in the running to take the helm of the University of Alaska completed three days of on-campus presentations and community forums Wednesday, March 3 in Juneau. UAS Chancellor John Pugh, Alaska Railroad CEO Patrick Gamble and Southern Polytechnic State University President Lisa Rossbacher toured the UA system’s three largest campuses and met members of the public and answered questions in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau March 1-3.
“We want to hear from our university stakeholders as well as the public about who they think could best lead this complex institution,” said the board’s vice chair, Tim Brady. We’ll accept public feedback right up until our meeting on March 15. After that, we hope to make an offer to our candidate of choice,” said board chair Cynthia Henry. To comment on the candidates:
Mail: Board of Regents Office P.O. Box 755300, Fairbanks, AK 90775-5300.
For information on the search and bios of the candidates, visit the Board of Regents’ Website at www.alaska.edu/bor/pres-search.
Here are some quotes from the Juneau visit:
“People who believe being the President of university system is the road to glory usually end up disappointed, indicted or both.” —Lisa A. Rossbacher, president of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia, part of the University System of Georgia, since 1998; and a professor of geology.
“The State doesn’t yet love the University. We’re still at the dating stage.” —Patrick K. Gamble, president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Railroad Corp. since 2001; and a retired four-star Air Force general.
“The three MAU’s will have to collaborate to grow the University.” —John R. Pugh, chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast since 1999, former UAS dean of faculty, education, liberal arts and sciences; and former state Health and Social Services commissioner.