BOR Chair recognizes Acting President Rizk, welcomes Pat Pitney to UA

July 31, 2020

Dear UA Community,

On Monday, August 3, we will welcome Pat Pitney to the University of Alaska as our interim president. We look forward to her leadership, her vision and her collaboration with the UA community. Welcome Pat!

I also want to acknowledge and thank Acting President Michelle Rizk who stepped into this role to help the university move forward in a time of needed transition. We are grateful for her service to our community not only as acting system president but also in her current position as vice president of university relations. Michelle oversees a wide range of critical issues, and her tenacious service and commitment to students will continue to have a positive and profound impact on our university. I am personally grateful for all she has done to lead us during this time as well as to make the transition for Interim President Pitney smooth and productive.

Please join me, the Board of Regents and the university leadership in thanking Michelle for serving as acting president and in welcoming Pat Pitney to the University of Alaska.


Sheri Buretta
Chair Board of Regents