Board of Regents name five finalists for interim UA president

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has named five finalists for the interim president of the University of Alaska System. Over the next few days, regents will interview all five candidates and make a final decision on July 14.

The finalists include: Acting President Michelle Rizk, former UAF Interim Chancellor Dana Thomas, current Chancellors Cathy Sandeen [UAA] and Daniel White [UAF], and state Director of the Division of Legislative Finance Pat Pitney. Bios and photos of the finalists can be found at

Each of the candidates was considered against the attributes approved by the board as well as Board of Regents policies that govern the president’s role. Regents will conduct interviews in executive session with each finalist beginning today and continuing on July 13, with an anticipated announcement of the interim president July 14.