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  • Kathy Catron named UAF police chief

    May 15, 2020

    Kathy Catron has been selected as the new university police chief after a competitive search. Catron will lead the UAF Police Department after the retirement of Steve Goetz this spring. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Catron started her law enforcement career in 1997 after graduating from the Sitka Trooper Academy. After serving as an Alaska state trooper, she joined UAF Police Department in 2000.

  • Matthew Cooper named University of Alaska General Counsel

    May 06, 2020

    University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has named Matthew Cooper as the university's next General Counsel. Cooper's appointment follows the retirement of UA's current General Counsel Michael Hostina in June. The General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer to the Board of Regents, statewide administration and all campuses throughout the university system.

  • Dr. Terry Nelson named Associate Dean for UAA's College of Business and Public Policy

    April 29, 2020

    Dr. Terry Nelson has been named the Associate Dean for the College of Business and Public Policy after a search for a new associate dean was conducted. She will assume her new position on Monday, April 27, 2020.

  • Dr. Jennifer McFerran Brock named Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Engineering

    April 29, 2020

    Dr. Jennifer McFerran Brock has been named the Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Engineering after an internal search for a new associate dean was conducted.

  • UAS professor Wayne Price named Rasmuson Foundation's 2020 distinguished artist

    April 28, 2020

    Honoring a lifetime of creative excellence and outstanding contribution to Alaska's arts and culture the Rasmuson Foundation has named Wayne Aayaank'i Price its 2020 Distinguished Artist. Price is a Tlingit Master Carver, who is a member of the Wooshkeetaan clan and an associate professor of Northwest Coast Art at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.

  • UAF's Larry Hinzman takes new role in Washington, D.C.

    April 28, 2020

    I came to UAF in April 1982 to work as a research technician in the Agricultural Experiment Station. My time here has brought me more joy than any person deserves. Every day has been stimulating, every week brought new challenges, and I always looked forward to Monday.

  • Amanda Wall named associate vice chancellor for financial services

    April 27, 2020

    Amanda Wall has been named associate vice chancellor for financial services after a competitive recruitment by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

  • Erika Van Flein announces retirement

    April 27, 2020

    After almost 30 years of service to the University of Alaska Human Resources Department, Erika Van Flein, Director of Employee Transitions and Benefits, plans to retire June 1.

  • UAA M.P.H. alumna leads Anchorage Health Department

    April 17, 2020

    In 2002, after a phone interview with Boys and Girls Club of Alaska (BGC), UAA alumna Natasha Pineda bought a backpack and a pair of boots, booked a ticket out of PDX to Anchorage for what she calls, "a classic Alaska story." The M.P.H. '15 grad worked for BGC for a couple of years, ended up returning to Portland before moving to Mexico to live with her dad when she decided it was time to get serious about her career.

  • Former UA Regent Mary Jane Fate passes away

    April 17, 2020

    Mary Jane Fate, a former member of the Board of Regents, passed away on April 10 at the Denali Center in the company of her husband of 65 years, former state Rep. Hugh "Bud" Fate. She was 86.