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December 01, 2006

New Chief Financial Officer Named for UA System


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Dec. 1, 2006
A University of Alaska Fairbanks executive with a long history in finance and accounting has been named chief financial officer for UA statewide.

Joe Trubacz, UAF's associate vice chancellor of finance and business operations, brings nearly 20 years of experience in accounting and finance to the position, which oversees the university's finances at the system level and coordinates financial accounting with each separately accredited university in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau.

"Joe brings a breadth of knowledge about how fiscal operations work, both at the campus and system level," said UA Vice President for Administration Jim Johnsen. "He also shares our strong historic commitment to accountability."

The chief financial officer position has been filled on an interim basis by Jim Lynch, associate vice president for finance, since April, when former Vice President for Finance Joe Beedle left the university to resume a career in banking.

Trubacz has worked at the university since 1990, heading up finance and administrative services at the Institute of Northern Engineering/Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. Since 2001, he has been responsible for directing UAF's fiscal operations, first as director of financial services and then as associate vice chancellor of finance and business operations. He's served as interim vice chancellor of administrative services from October 2005 through August 2006.  He previously oversaw planning, analysis and institutional research at UAF, a department he was asked to create in 1998 in preparation for an accreditation visit by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. He also worked for several years at the system level as associate director of statewide budget and institutional research. 

Trubacz, 47, first came to Fairbanks in 1986, when he was stationed at Eielson Air Force Base. He retired from the Air Force Reserves with the rank of lieutenant colonel in June 2006.  He'll begin his duties at the system office on Dec. 11.  The position pays $148,400 annually. Trubacz and his wife Heidi have four children and live in North Pole.

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For a 200 dpi photo of Trubacz, go to http://www.alaska.edu/opa/images/joeTrubacz200dpi.jpg.zip
For more information, call Kate Ripley at 907/450-8102.
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