William R. Cashen Service Award

William R. "Bill" Cashen '37 was an alumni director, professor and university marshal, as well as a public servant, historian, family man, proud alumnus and friend to many alumni. Cashen set the example for service to the university and its alumni association. This award is designed to recognize and perpetuate his example and inspire all those associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Eligibility: Alumni and nonalumni qualify for the award. Only employees of the UAF Alumni Association are excluded.

Criteria for selection: Nominees will be judged on the basis of meritorious service at more than one level of alumni activity. This could include, but is not limited to, serving as a chapter officer, serving on the board of directors, assisting with a project, setting up a scholarship, or serving on a UAF selection committee or advisory council.


2020 William R. Cashen Service Award winner

Paul H. McCarthy

Paul H. McCarthy

Although Paul H. McCarthy is retired after a long career with the University of Alaska Fairbanks he spends the majority of his time still connecting with the UAF community. He is an active member of university booster clubs and, perhaps most notably, the lead photographer for all Alaska Nanooks sporting events.

At the age of 80, Paul still heads into the rafters of the Carlson Center to test strobes prior to the game, climbing three sets of stairs to the press box to help the athletics department with their branding and imaging.

McCarthy arrived in Alaska in 1964 to join the faculty of the University Library. A year later, with the support of Libraries Director Ted Ryberg, he established the University Archives and Manuscript Collections. He also served as Head of the newly reorganized Alaska and Polar Regions Collections Department where all the Alaska-related collections and programs were gathered into one unit.

McCarthy eventually served as Director of Libraries for the Rasmuson Library for more than 12 years and briefly as Interim Vice Provost in 2005-06. McCarthy also worked as a consultant to UAF on economic development and is the namesake of the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room in the Rasmuson Library. For almost 18 years he has served as the primary photographer for Alaska Nanook sporting events as a volunteer.

McCarthy has a B.S. in History from St. John Fisher College and an M.S. in Library Science from Syracuse University. He lives in Fairbanks with his wife, Lucy. They have four children, three of whom graduated from UAF. In 2008, to assist future students in their educational endeavors Lucy and Paul and family established a memorial scholarship in the Journalism Department for their son P. Stephen McCarthy, a 1986 graduate of UAF.