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UAA Interim Chancellor - Samuel Gingerich

Phone: 907.786.1437 Fax: 907.786.6123

University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Samuel Gingerich was appointed interim chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage effective July 1, 2017, upon the retirement of Chancellor Tom Case. Dr. Gingerich was UAA’s provost and executive vice chancellor since 2015. 

Dr. Gingerich previously served as system vice president for academic affairs for the South Dakota Board of Regents from 2006-2014, working to develop, implement and oversee academic programming for that state's public university system. In this role, he collaborated with faculty and administration, as well as with K-12 educators, to support an education enterprise to meet South Dakota’s needs and expectations.

He also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mississippi University for Women from 2004 through 2006. He previously served as vice president for academic affairs and interim president at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction, Colorado. 

Dr. Gingerich joined the faculty at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1985, where he served as a tenured professor of Chemistry, chair of the Department of Math and Sciences, associate vice president for Research and Planning, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Dr. Gingerich earned three degrees in chemistry: a Ph.D. from Montana State University, a M.S. from Cornell University and a B.A. from Goshen College. He has published more than 25 chapters, articles and abstracts about this work and made dozens of presentations at international and national meetings. 

He has worked with a number of programs sponsored by Chambers of Commerce in South Dakota and Colorado and been involved with and held a range of leadership positions with the United Way. 

Dr. Gingerich is most proud of the students with whom he's worked over the years who are now leading rewarding professional careers of their own as well as for the friends and colleagues he has mentored and who have mentored him.

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