Executive Assistant to the President - Teresa Thompson
Teresa Thompson was selected to serve as executive assistant to University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen in July 2018. Thompson brings to the position more than 10 years of experience in university fundraising, six years in non-profit management and 25 years of administrative expertise in the private sector.
Thompson has held a variety of positions, including development officer for the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, director of recruitment and partnership development for Big Brothers Big Sisters and community development manager for United Way.
As project lead for the state-of-the-art Research Vessel Sikuliaq outreach and education efforts, Thompson led a team that organized events in both Wisconsin and Alaska to raise awareness of the vessel’s importance. The team also created the year-long UA Museum of the North special exhibit entitled “Arctic Odyssey: Voyages of the R/V Sikuliaq.”
Thompson was also an integral team member in establishing the University of Alaska Center for Salmon and Society (CSS). The mission of the CSS is to make meaningful and lasting contributions to long-term conservation of wild Pacific salmon, salmon-dependent communities and cultures and Alaska’s economy.
Thompson earned an associate’s degree in secretarial science at SUNY Canton in 1983 and a bachelor’s degree in communication from UAF in 2004.
Teresa has been married to Todd Thompson for 25 years. Teresa and Todd serve on the local Young Life committee and for ten years were a “big couple” to a little brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Teresa was a Rotarian for 14 years and has served on the local Relay for Life committee.