VP Academic Affairs - Dana Thomas
Born and raised in Fairbanks and a UAF Biology Program alum, Dr. Dana Thomas returned home to develop a Statistics Program at UAF in 1981 after completing his graduate work in Oregon. He served six years as Chair of UAF's Department of Mathematics and Statistics. In 2005, Dr. Thomas received the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award. While on faculty at UAF, he arranged U.S.A.I.D. contracts to work two years in the Republic of Yemen facilitating a national survey of agriculture and two years in the Sultanate of Oman improving their fisheries statistics operations. From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Thomas served as UAF's Vice Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has had him serve as an institutional accreditation evaluator of other institutions. Dr. Thomas is recognized for his interdisciplinary research on the design and analysis of studies assessing resource (food and habitat) selection by animals.