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System News October 2016

  • Regents Meeting November 10-11 to Address Budget, Tuition, Strategic Pathways
  • Phase 2 of Strategic Pathways Underway
  • Johnsen Donates Bonus to Troth Yeddha' Legacy
  • Miles Baker joins the university as Associate Vice President of Government Relations

Regents Meeting November 10-11 to Address Budget, Tuition, Strategic Pathways

The agenda for the Board of Regents’ Nov. 10 – 11 meeting in Fairbanks includes a budget discussion; approval of tuition, the FY18 operating budget, FY18 capital budget and 10-year capital improvement plan; Strategic Pathways updates include implementation on Phase 1 and information regarding the Phase 2 process; Title IX discussions including campus scorecards and presentations regarding expanding public partnerships and the value and performance of higher education in Alaska. The board will elect new officers and recognize outgoing board member Kenneth J. Fisher with a Resolution of Appreciation.

Committee meetings will be held prior to the full board meeting, the Facilities and Land Management meets 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, the Academic and Student Affairs Committee meets 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, and the Audit Committee meets 9 a.m. -11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. All regular and committee meetings can be viewed live via web stream at www.alaska.edu/oit/services/video-conferencing/streaming-conferences/ during the scheduled times.

Opportunities for public testimony are offered via statewide audio conference 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 by calling the moderated session at 866-726-0757, or at an informal evening gathering 5:30 p.m. –7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Globe Room, 215 Elvey Building, on the UAF campus.

To learn more about the call-in audio testimony or evening gathering, go to www.alaska.edu/bor/public-testimony.

Agendas for committee and full board meetings will be posted at least one week prior to meetings at: www.alaska.edu/bor/agendas/

Phase II of Strategic Pathways Underway

Phase II of Strategic Pathways, the review of academic and administrative programs at the University of Alaska, commenced Oct. 4 with teams assembling in Fairbanks to begin the examination of four academic areas — fisheries, health, community campuses and e-learning. On Oct. 6, four additional teams began the evaluation of administrative programs – institutional research, university relations, student affairs and human resources.

Strategic Pathways is designed to develop ways for UA to focus its efforts and allocate resources in the years ahead. The process involves teams including students, faculty, staff, alumni, university administrators and community members from across the state who review each of the eight areas and provide options for creating efficiencies, increasing enrollment and maintaining quality for UA students.  MORE....

Johnsen Donates Bonus to Troth Yeddha' Legacy Fund

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has announced that he will gift $16,300 toward the completion of the Troth Yeddha’ Indigenous Studies Center on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The gift, in the name of Jim and Mary Johnsen, was announced during the annual Alaska Federation of Natives gathering in Fairbanks on Tuesday evening and fulfills Johnsen’s pledge to donate his performance bonus to a university project or program. MORE...

Miles Baker joins the university as Associate Vice President of Government Relations

Miles Baker will join the University of Alaska executive management team as the Associate Vice President of Government Relations starting Nov. 1, 2016. This position works on behalf of the university with the legislature, the governor, and state and federal agencies. Baker will advise the president, Board of Regents, and university executives on political issues and strategies essential to successfully move the university’s legislative priorities. He will provide regular updates to the university community regarding legislative activities, the university budget approval process, and legislation affecting the university and its constituents.

“Miles comes to the university with a wide range of skills, from communications, public relations, finance and marketing, to extensive government relations, legislative strategy and advocacy experience” said Michelle Rizk, vice president of university relations. “He will be an asset for the university in Juneau, and a strong advocate for higher education.”  MORE...

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