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  • Cameron Wohlford named director of Design and Construction

    May 20, 2020

    Cameron Wohlford has been selected as the director of the Division of Design and Construction. Wohlford has been serving as interim director for the last year and was selected for the position through a regular recruitment process.
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  • UAA announces new leadership hires for diversity, academics, research

    May 15, 2020

    As you know, there have been a number of recruitments underway for key UAA leadership positions. I am pleased to announce the university's recent hire of our chief diversity officer, provost and vice provost for research. Some faces are new, while some are familiar to us. I will also share important updates regarding existing personnel.
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  • Geophysical Institute director joins space research board

    May 15, 2020

    Robert McCoy, director of the Geophysical Institute at UAF, was elected to the governing board of the Universities Space Research Association, or USRA, in early May. USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation that promotes the advancement of space-related science, technology and engineering. USRA operates scientific institutes and facilities, conducts other major research and educational programs and has close ties with NASA.
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  • Lawrence Duffy wins award for supporting students in chemical sciences

    May 15, 2020

    Lawrence K. Duffy was the 2020 awardee of American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.
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  • Robert Ziel receives 2019 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award

    May 15, 2020

    Robert "Zeke" Ziel, of the Alaska Fire Science Consortium, has been named a recipient of the 2019 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Leadership Subcommittee.
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  • UAA announces new Kodiak College director

    May 15, 2020

    As noted in my email last week, I'm writing to announce that Ms. Jacelyn Keys will join UAA as the director of Kodiak College. Jacelyn has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and has focused on creating a dynamic, vibrant, inclusive, students-first learning environment. She currently serves as the Hermiston Center director at Blue Mountain Community College in Oregon.
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  • Kathy Catron named UAF police chief

    May 15, 2020

    Kathy Catron has been selected as the new university police chief after a competitive search. Catron will lead the UAF Police Department after the retirement of Steve Goetz this spring. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Catron started her law enforcement career in 1997 after graduating from the Sitka Trooper Academy. After serving as an Alaska state trooper, she joined UAF Police Department in 2000.
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  • Matthew Cooper named University of Alaska General Counsel

    May 06, 2020

    University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has named Matthew Cooper as the university's next General Counsel. Cooper's appointment follows the retirement of UA's current General Counsel Michael Hostina in June. The General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer to the Board of Regents, statewide administration and all campuses throughout the university system.
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  • Dr. Terry Nelson named Associate Dean for UAA's College of Business and Public Policy

    April 29, 2020

    Dr. Terry Nelson has been named the Associate Dean for the College of Business and Public Policy after a search for a new associate dean was conducted. She will assume her new position on Monday, April 27, 2020.
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  • Dr. Jennifer McFerran Brock named Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Engineering

    April 29, 2020

    Dr. Jennifer McFerran Brock has been named the Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Engineering after an internal search for a new associate dean was conducted.
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