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New Deans to set direction at UAS

Dr. Karen Schmitt is the new Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs. Dr. Schmitt is returning to UAS from a position as dean at UAA. Previously she served as UAS dean in the schools of Management and Career Education. She replaces Dr. Marsha Sousa who returned to UAF in Fairbanks after four years in Juneau.  Dr. Schmitt’s academic background includes a PhD in Geological Sciences from Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, a master’s degree in Geology from the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand and a BS degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ms. Vickie Williams (MBA, CPA, CGMA) is taking on the position of Interim Dean, School of Management. Williams is a longtime accounting faculty member at UAS. Prior to UAS, she was employed with Citicorp in New York and with Arthur Andersen and Company. She is taking on this interim role while the university begins a search for a permanent Management dean. The previous dean, John Blanchard (MBA/CPA), is returning to his original position as Assistant Professor of Accounting while also maintaining an active presence working with community and industry partners.

Mr. Pete Traxler is expanding his role as Associate Dean for Juneau Programs within the UAS School of Career Education. Traxler is Assistant Professor of Construction Technology at the UAS Technical Education Center near downtown Juneau.  His work includes overseeing partnerships with high schools through Tech Prep and coordinating career education in Juneau with the Sitka and Ketchikan campuses.

Kimberly Schulte is taking on additional permanent duties of overseeing the Testing Center on the Ketchikan campus.  She is the designated campus test center administrator for all the professional testing companies and will supervise testing staff, create policies/procedures and manage scheduling for the Testing Center for professional and academics tests. She recently returned from Blackboard World where she learned more about the functionalities of Blackboard along with other potentially useful instructional products. She will be sharing this information with faculty in the fall.


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