UA Foundation hosts reunion gathering for current, former regents and board members

June 3, 2022

On June 1, The University of Alaska Foundation hosted the first-ever reunion bringing current and former members of its board of directors and current and former members of the University of Alaska Board of Regents together for an evening that rekindled connections and celebrated the success of the UA system and foundation. 

In its 100-year history, UA has had 163 regents and 165 foundation board members. The reunion was attended by some who had served the university more than 40 years ago. 

The group of 90 participants also met UAF Chancellor Dan White, UAS Chancellor Karen Carey, UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell, UA President Pat Pitney and UA Foundation President Tod Burnett. Foundation President Laura Bruce and Regent Chair Sherri Buretta welcomed the group and encouraged partnership between the two boards and connection between the UA system and its former leaders. President Pitney provided an update that included the budget outlook for FY23. President Burnett announced that the For Alaska Campaign was within $2 million of its $200 million goal. 

The event was also an opportunity to raise funds for the Regents’ Endowed Scholarship, which provides substantial scholarship or fellowship awards to junior, senior, or graduate students attending any university in the University of Alaska system. Regent Karen Perdue provided an overview of the scholarship’s history, and Regent Mary Hughes quickly responded with a $10,000 matching challenge. The event has raised $26,900 for the Regents' Endowed Scholarship and other funds. To learn more or contribute, visit