Meet the President
President Patrick K. Gamble
Patrick K. Gamble became the University of Alaska's 13th president on June 1, 2010.
Prior to joining the university, he served Alaska for over 9 years as president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Railroad Corporation. He currently serves as chair of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors.
Gamble served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a four-star general in command of U.S. air forces throughout the Pacific Region. Prior to that assignment, Gamble was director of Air Force Air and Space Operations in the Pentagon. From 1996 to 1998, he served as commander of Alaskan Command. Previous military assignments included director of NATO operations and logistics during Bosnia operations. Gamble commanded a fighter squadron, a combat support wing, two fighter wings, a numbered Air Force, and also served as Commandant of Cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Gamble flew 394 combat missions in Vietnam, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Texas A & M University and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University, Alabama. He and his wife Ailese have been married forever and have a grown son and one grandchild.