April 02, 1998

University of Alaska Honors System Office Employees

April 2, 1998 NR 9-1998

Twenty-eight employees of the University of Alaska statewide system office were honored this week with service awards, and one department and three individuals were cited for outstanding service to the university.

University President Jerome B. Komisar announced the awards at the annual employee recognition luncheons which were held Wednesday, April 1, at the Butrovich Building on the UAF campus, and on Tuesday, March 31, at UAA in Anchorage.

Outstanding employee awards were given to Fairbanks employees John Dickinson, Carla Yurkovich and Jim Dube. Micro-LAN Services, which provides computer desktop and local area network services, was honored as the system office's outstanding department for 1997. Rick King is manager of the three-person department. Technicians in the department are Kerry Digou and Steve Munk.

Helen A. Myers, who was first employed by the university as an adjunct faculty member and is now the assistant vice president for academic affairs, was cited for 25 years with the university.

Twenty-year awards went to Ruth M. Carlson, Amelia B. Houtchens and Marilyn M. Lehmen.

Fifteen-year awards went to David J. DeWolfe, John L. Dickinson, Bev K. Fonoti, Sharon Gramstad, Patty Kastelic, J. Mark Neumayr and Jinlan Tomasic.

The 10-year service awards were given to Colleen L. Abrams, Dale E. Denny, Patty Dyer-Smith, Alys Orsborn and R. Dianne Taylor.

Five-year service awards went to Holly Abshire, Penelope Adler, Linda M. Armstrong, Victoria Gilligan, Shannon Jones Kristeller, Terri A. Kruse, Leafy F. McBride, Raymond G. Meder, Robert L. Miller, Mari E. Montgomery, Benny J. Shilling and Sue Siebels.

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University of Alaska Vice President Resigns

April 2, 1998 NR 8-1998

Dr. David Creamer, vice president for finance and planning of the University of Alaska since late 1995, has resigned his position to return to his alma mater, Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio, as vice president for business and finance. His appointment there is effective June 1, 1998.

"Dr. Creamer has done an excellent job for the University of Alaska," said Dr. Jerome B. Komisar, president of the university. "We're sorry to lose him, but wish him well in his new position with Kent State where he began his professional career in higher education."

During his time here, Dr. Creamer was invaluable to the university administration and the Board of Regents as he helped guide reductions in administrative costs and to improve academic services and programs through a combination of cost reductions and program reallocations," Dr. Komisar said.
Komisar said he may name an interim replacement for Creamer, but the vice presidency probably will not be filled until a new university president is chosen. The Board of Regents is now involved in a nationwide search for a new president to succeed Dr. Komisar.

Dr. Creamer graduated from Ohio University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in accounting, and earned his master's degree in governmental accounting from Kent State in 1986. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration with a minor in public finance from Kent State in 1990. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

He began his higher education career in 1982 when he became director of internal auditing for Kent State, a position he held until 1987 when he became comptroller of Kent State. In 1990 he moved to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, as controller and university secretary. Two years later he was named vice president for business and treasurer of Shawnee State University. Creamer and his family moved to Fairbanks late in 1995 when he took the University of Alaska position.

Dr. Creamer and his wife, Deborah, have two young sons, Christopher and Jeremy.

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