Past State of the University Addresses

2021 State of the University Address  

February 24, 2021

University of Alaska Interim President Pat Pitney delivered the annual State of the University address Wednesday, Feb. 24 during which she highlighted success stories across the UA system and the many ways the university benefits the economic needs of the state. 


2020 State of the University

The 2020 State of the University Address was February 28. President Johnsen's address was the lunch keynote presentation during the 6th annual AlaskaCAN! Conference in Anchorage.

Transcript of the 2020 State of the University address.

Livestream begins ~12:30 p.m. 

Viewing parties were held at the following locations:

  • UAF — BP Design Theater, (Engineering Learning and Innovations Facility) ELIF 401
  • UAA — Consortium Library LIB 307
  • UAS — Egan Library 104
  • Statewide administration – Butrovich Room 109, Bragaw Office Building Room 205
  • Northwest Campus – Nagozruk Conference Room


University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen delivered the 2019 State of the University address on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in the Wood Center Ballroom on the UAF campus. 

The text of the 2019 address is available here

Missed the start of the livestream? Due to technical troubles the first portion of the address was not livestreamed. The video posted below includes the live captioning of the entire address. 

Opening remarks begin 4:55 min. and video begins at 12:20. 


University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen delivered the 2018 State of the University address on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in the Lucy Cuddy Hall on the UAA campus. The address was the keynote presentation for Commonwealth North’s monthly luncheon.

The text of the 2018 address is available here: TEXT
Watch VIDEO of the 2018 address


The 2017 State of the University address was given by President Johnsen on February 16, 2017 as part of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and Alaska Chamber Business Roundtable Luncheon at the Hangar Ballroom in Juneau.

Watch the address on 360 North: VIDEO
The text of the 2017 address is available here: TEXT