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Dear UA Staff, Faculty, and Students,
Acting President Michelle Rizk and I write to advise you that President Jim Johnsen has resigned as UA System president, a decision that was mutual and made after considerable reflection by the Board. The Board of Regents accepted his resignation this afternoon, authorized me to implement the details of his resignation, and appoint an acting president. President Johnsen will be available to assist with the transition until July 1 when his resignation goes into effect.
Vice President Michelle Rizk will serve as acting president effective immediately and until an interim president is named. That process is still being developed. Many of you know Michelle, who serves as the university’s VP of University Relations, Chief Budget & Strategy Officer, and serves as the system liaison for facilities and land management. During her 22-year UA career, Michelle has served the university in areas including finance, human resources, and as the university’s chief advocate in Juneau. Raised in Alaska, Rizk earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Thank you, Michelle, for agreeing to serve in the acting capacity.
While we understand that a change in leadership can be unsettling, we are confident this decision, though difficult, is the correct one for the university. We ask that all of you throughout the university community recognize that the state and university’s current fiscal situation requires significant change, and that to thrive, UA must come together to address our significant challenges. We must move forward and work together to address these challenges.
In stepping down President Johnsen noted the many challenges as well as the progress made over the past five years. He also reminded us that there is no institution more important for creating opportunities for Alaskans than the University.
I have long admired Jim’s commitment to UA. During his five years as president he has led the university through unprecedented challenges with integrity, unparalleled effort, and distinction. We appreciate all he has done for UA and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
The Board will appoint an interim president after consulting with the chancellors, governance leaders and other UA stakeholders. The board expects that appointment to occur no later than July 15, and will commence a formal search for UA’s next president later this year.
Thank you for your patience and your dedication to the university. Together we can not only address the challenges facing the university but emerge better prepared to meet Alaska’s higher education needs.
Sheri Buretta, Michelle Rizk
UA Board of Regents Chair, Acting UA President
Shady Grove Oliver | Read Story in Arctic Sounder
May 9th, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic has kept school doors shut for the last month, students have hustled from home to make sure they have everything they need to graduate. For Chukchi students, in some cases, that meant "hunkering down" to finish finals and wrap up their last bit of school work. Now, these grads are moving on to new horizons.
"It's always a great pleasure to recognize the hard work of our graduates," said Stacey Glaser, campus director. "Amid work, families and other commitments, they accomplish so much that's transformational and worthwhile for their personal growth and for all of us in their communities. I've always been inspired by this."
Shady Grove Oliver can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Shady Grove Oliver | Read the Arctic Sounder's story
Jan. 26th, 2018
Last year, five students graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage's distance-learning nursing program through the Chukchi Campus. Scott West, 29, of Kotzebue, was one of them. His passion for nursing runs deep; he's always appreciated the field and was inspired to enter it after he found himself facing an emergency situation with little access to help. The Sounder spoke with West about his career path.
By Shady Grove Oliver | Read more in The Arctic Sounder
Dec. 15th, 2017
This weekend, Kotzebue's Chukchi Campus will be lighting up its halls for a special holiday event.
On Saturday, Chukchi plans to hold its fourth annual library fundraiser in combination with an open house for the college campus.
By Shady Grove Oliver | Read more in the Arctic Sounder.
Oct. 13th, 2017
Communities across the Arctic spent Monday celebrating the first Indigenous Peoples Day since it was signed into Alaska law atop an oil drum by Gov. Bill Walker in Utqiaġvik last year.
In Kotzebue, the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Chukchi Campus held a daylong celebration filled with food, family, and fun.