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Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Services - Lacy Karpilo

Phone: 907-786-1015

Enrollment Services
University Center 106
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

Karpilo holds a doctorate in education and human resource studies, with an emphasis in higher education, from Colorado State University; a master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Denver; and a bachelor’s in psychology form Occidental College. Karpilo has 11 years of progressive experience in higher education, including creating and leading successful programs and services for first generation, Alaska Native, rural Alaska, international and veteran student populations.

Karpilo has served as the director of Residence Life for the Anchorage campus since 2009 and has demonstrated a high level of expertise, professionalism and readiness to assume an executive level position. Prior to coming to UAA, she served as the assistant director of Residence Life at the University of Puget Sound and the Art Institute of Colorado. In these positions, she designed, led and evaluated student access, outreach, first-year experience and transition programs.

Karpilo has a deep understanding of the issues facing UAA students as they transition to this institution and work their way through the first-year experience, as well as solid knowledge and experience related to student orientation and college student adjustment. She is skilled in positively influencing college student behavior and development toward success.

Pedersen has over 25 years of progressively responsible experience in admissions, enrollment management and financial aid at institutions spanning from career colleges to comprehensive universities to highly selective liberal arts colleges. Prior to his service at University of Alaska Anchorage, he served as the Dean of Enrollment Management at Saint Martin’s University, Director of Admissions at Cornish College of the Arts, Associate and Assistant Director of Admissions at Whitman College, and Assistant Director of Admissions and Admission Representative at The Art Institute of Seattle. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to work with a diverse array of students.

Pedersen has an exciting track record of recruiting students from Billings, Montana to Bangkok, Thailand. His experience includes: developing outreach plans for high school, transfer and international students, creating campus visit programs, developing student friendly communication plans and publications, and finding ways to help students leverage financial aid. He also has experience assisting institutions with strategic planning, assessment and accreditation.

Pedersen is currently the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services and is serving as President of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC). He leads the Enrollment Services team, which includes the offices of Admissions, Electronic Student Services, Registrar, Student Financial Assistance and the Office of Student Information (UAA One-Stop). Their services revolve around helping current and future UAA students from the beginning of their education through graduation. 

Pedersen has earned a Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs form Azusa Pacific University in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Whitman College in 1989.

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