Our seal, adopted in 1935, is of Denali, the Great One. Our motto is AD SUMMUM, to the top. Our founders charged us then, and continue to charge us each and every day, to strive toward the top of the mountain, so we can realize the unparalleled potential of Alaska for her people.
November Leadership Workshop
November 14-15, 2018 in Fairbanks
The Realizing Alaska’s Future 2020-2040 leadership forum brought together 130 of the university's academic and administrative leaders, governance representatives, student leaders and faculty to provide clarity and perspective on where we are heading as a university; ask for leadership’s input into advocacy efforts and provide advocacy tools; strengthen relationships across the system; and generate high energy around our future plans and opportunities.
- Speaker biographies
- University of Alaska: Leading the Way to Alaska's Future - President Jim Johnsen
- Future of Higher Education in Alaska full report on survey Data for World Build
- FY20 Operating budget handout
- FY20 Capital Budget handout
- Political Preview: Election Implications & Legislative Forecast - AVP Government Relations Miles Baker
- Capital Report
- Exercise: Preparing for Effective Advocacy Anywhere
- FUNdraising and the Donor Experience! - Donor Relations Guru Lynne Wester
- Exercise: Starting with your why
UA Leadership Summit, January 2018
January Leadership Workshop
January 18, 2018 in Anchorage
The workshop will bring together the chancellors and university leadership along with key internal stakeholders to discuss our strategic goals, budget, and priorities. The one-day workshop is being designed as an information sharing session, to discuss important issues around effective communication, to gather ideas, input and personal perspectives, and to develop a coordinated strategy for generating broad support for the university.
Following the workshop, the expectation is that each person attending will help with outreach and education in some capacity in their home community or through their personal networks. Specifically, each attendee will do a minimum of three activities to help spread the word about the value of the University of Alaska. The activities can range from speaking engagements to private conversations, internally to your respective UA communities and externally. Please make sure to highlight one of the five focus areas, which are:
- Contribute to Alaska’s economic development - Goal #1 FACT SHEET
- Provide Alaska’s skilled workforce - Goal #2 FACT SHEET
- Grow our world class research - Goal #3 FACT SHEET
- Increase degree attainment - Goal #4 FACT SHEET
- Operate most cost effectively - Goal #5 FACT SHEET
- FY19 budget presentation
- Advocacy roles
- WSU Advocacy presentation - Colleen Kerr
- Background documents (FY19 budget, goals)
- Culture of Education - word cloud
- Culture of Education - unified statement of understanding
UA Leadership Summit, June 2017
June Leadership Summit
Lecture slide deck
Click HERE to download the slide deck from Ron Heifetz's keynote presentation. Please keep in mind that the order and content of the slides is constantly changing, and this presentation varies greatly by audience. For more information on these concepts refer to the reading material distributed at the conference.
In preparation for the June leadership summit, please take a moment to read the following articles suggested by keynote speaker Ron Heifetz.
- Leading by Feel - by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linskey
Reprint from Harvard Business Review, posted with permission
- A Survival Guide for Leaders - by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky
Reprint from Harvard Business Review, posted with permission
- Chapter One from Leadership on the Line - Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading
[with permission from the author]
- Wired Magazine Interview with Ron Heifetz
- A companion radio interview to the HBR article on Leadership in [Permanent] Crisis at https://hbr.org/2009/07/leadership-in-a-permanent-cris.html
UA Leadership Summit, November 2016
Leading Change at the University FOR Alaska, 2016-2025 - Jim Johnsen, University of Alaska President
You Are Not Alone: Pursuing Goals in the Face of Budget Cuts - Dennis Jones, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
Working with the Media in Time of Change - Jennifer Thompson and Ally Day, Thompson & Co. Public Relations
Handouts and Additional Resources
On Leadership (Alaska Business Monthly) - Jim Johnsen
Alaska's Completion Crisis - Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) and the University of Alaska.
Alaska's Postsecondary Completion Rates - Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network
Leadership Book Shelf
Clayton Christensen Innovators Dilemma
The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen.
Stephen Covey The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything
Offers an unprecedented and eminently practical look at exactly how trust functions in our every transaction and relationship—from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction—and how to establish trust immediately so that you and your organization can forego the time–killing, bureaucratic check–and–balance processes so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.
Michael Crow Designing the New American University
Crow and coauthor William B. Dabars, examine the emergence of this set of institutions and the imperative for the new model, the tenets of which may be adapted by colleges and universities, both public and private.
David Grossman No Cape Needed: The Simplest, Smartest, Fastest Steps to Improve How You Communicate by Leaps and Bounds
Through this engaging book with a simple Do/Don't format, leaders learn how better communication skills clearly translate to better leadership, allowing them to quickly transform their organization, not to mention their relationships and their lives.
Ronald Heifetz Leadership On the Line
Through vivid stories from all walks of life, the authors present straightforward strategies for navigating the perilous straits of leadership. Whether parent or politician, CEO or community activist, this practical book shows how you can exercise leadership and survive and thrive to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Ronald Heifetz Leadership Without Easy Answers
Fitting the theory and practice of leadership to our extraordinary times, the book promotes a new social contract, a revitalization of our civic life just when we most need it. Heifetz presents clear, concrete prescriptions for anyone who needs to take the lead in almost any situation, under almost any organizational conditions, no matter who is in charge.
Ronald Heifetz The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World
A hands-on, practical guide containing stories, tools, diagrams, cases, and worksheets to help you develop your skills as an adaptive leader, able to take people outside their comfort zones and assess and address the toughest challenges.
Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow
Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.
Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It & Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
Authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey show how our individual beliefs--along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations--combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan and Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward.
John Kotter Leading Change
John Kotter’s now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work.
Jeff Selingo College (Un)Bound
Incisive, urgent, and controversial, College (Un)bound is a must-read for prospective students, parents, and anyone concerned with the future of American higher education.
Marc Tucker Surpassing Shanghai
This book answers a simple question: How would one redesign the American education system if the aim was to take advantage of everything that has been learned by countries with the world’s best education systems?