Former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and Anchorage Superintendent of Schools Deena Bishop are in the running to become the next chancellor of University of Alaska Anchorage.
Eight candidates were selected by the UA search committee to continue in the interview process.
Others on the list include Pearl Brower, former president of Iḷisaġvik College in Utqiaġvik, Satasha Green-Stephen, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Angappa Gunasekaran, dean of the School of Business and Public Administration at California State University in Bakersfield, Robert Marley, professor of engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rashmi Prasad, dean of the School of Business at Truman State University in Missouri and David Rosowsky, professor of Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont.
The candidates will visit the university, meet with student leaders, deans as well Interim UA President Pat Pitney before one is selected, the University of Alaska said in an announcement.
More specific detail about the candidates, the virtual meetings, and a feedback form will be available at https://www.alaska.edu/pres/uaa-chancellor/. The planned forums are designed for broad participation and all are encouraged to join meetings, the university noted. The forums will be recorded and posted to the website for anyone not able to attend the live sessions.
Interim President Pitney is expected to make a final decision on the next UAA chancellor in early May.
Former Chancellor Cathy Sandeen resigned from the position after two years; the interim chancellor is Bruce Schultz, who is not on the short list for the permanent position.
University President Pat Pitney last year appointed a search committee co-chaired by Aleesha Towns-Bain, Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation; Kelly Smith, UAA Faculty Senate President; and Preston Simmons, Chief Executive Providence Alaska Region. Other participants on the search committee include:
- Christi Bell, Administrator
- Leslie Byrd, Staff
- Matt Cullen, Faculty
- Robin Dalhman, Faculty
- Gokhan Karahan, Faculty
- John Moore, Staff
- Arlene Schmuland, Faculty
- Hilary Seitz, Faculty
- Sharyl Toscano, Faculty
- Toby Widdicombe, Faculty
- Tuan Graziano, Student