January 27, 2012

Two top-level appointments announced at UA System

For Immediate Release
Jan. 27, 2012

The University of Alaska System has promoted two longtime UA employees.

Erika Van Flein, formerly benefits administrator for UA Human Resources, has been named director of benefits. She replaces Mike Humphrey, who recently left the System Office to serve as executive officer for UAA Chancellor Tom Case. Brandi Berg, formerly assistant to Board of Regents’ Executive Officer Jeannie Phillips, has been named to Phillips’ post. Phillips recently accepted a position in the UAF Chancellor’s Office.

In the benefits position, Van Flein oversees employee benefits administration, including health care, retirement, disability and life insurance, for some 4,600 benefits-eligible employees across the state. The lifelong Fairbanks resident joined the university in 1990, working in University Relations at UAF. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.

In the regents’ position, Berg serves as primary support staff to the Board of Regents, the 11-member governing body of the UA System. The longtime Fairbanks resident joined UA in 2002, serving first at the UA Foundation and then moving to the regents’ office in 2008. Prior to joining UA she spent 19 years in the travel industry as a senior travel consultant in Fairbanks.

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For more information, please call Kate Ripley at 907/450-8102 or email klripley@alaska.edu.