On Topic with President Jim Johnsen

“On Topic” is a series of conversations with experts and authors on important issues that face Alaska. It is produced in collaboration with the University of Alaska Press and hosted by UA President Jim Johnsen.



ABOUT THE HOST: James R. Johnsen, Ed.D.

President Jim JohnsenDr. Johnsen was appointed to serve as the 14th president of the University of Alaska on July 28, 2015. His experience includes executive leadership positions in the private sector with Alaska Communications and with Doyon, Limited, and in higher education between 1996-2008 in several executive roles including vice president of administration and chief of staff. As president, Dr. Johnsen is a commissioner on the Denali Commission and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, a member of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board, a director on the UA Foundation Board, and a member of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. His education includes a B.A. in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, master’s in political science from the University of Chicago, and doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.