Leadership Team


Dr. Pearl Brower  Dr. Pearl Brower, Iñupiaq/Armenian/Chippewa is the President of Iḷisaġvik College, Alaska’s only Tribal College.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Alaska Native and Rural Development and a Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Leadership both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  She has been with the College since 2007.  She has served as President since 2012. Ms. Brower grew up in both Barrow, Alaska and in northern California practicing a subsistence lifestyle in both areas.  She has a daughter, Isla, who is 4 and along with her husband, Jesse Darling, lives in Barrow, where she loves to be close to her culture and community. 
 Kathleen Meckel Kathleen Meckel is an Assistant Professor with the UAF Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development. She received her BA in from Holy Names College and her Master of Science in Education from the University of Western Oregon. She is from the village of Nulato, Alaska.
Evon Peters Evon Peter was appointed vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in July 2014. A UAF alumnus, Peter is Neetsaii Gwich’in and Koyukon from Vashraii K’oo (Arctic Village), Alaska where he served three years as the tribal Chief. He currently serves as a board member to the Gwich’in Council International, which represents Gwich’in nation interests in the Arctic Council forum. His work has focused on implementing health, leadership and workforce development initiatives. Since 2009, he served as CEO of Gwanzhii, LLC, a firm providing strategic planning, program development and other services to private and public institutions throughout Alaska. He holds a Baccalaureate degree in Alaska Native studies and a Masters degree in rural development.