Saichi T. Oba, a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, became the Assistant Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services in December 2005. Oba has served at all levels of Student and Enrollment services starting at Eastern Oregon University as an Admissions Counselor in 1985. He arrived in Alaska in fall 1990 to work at UAF for Registrar Emeritus Ann Tremarello in the Office of Admissions and Records. Tapped to head the Office of Admissions, Saichi was appointed the Interim Director of Admissions at UAF in 1996. Saichi left Alaska and landed in Klamath Falls, Oregon as the Director of Admissions at the Oregon Institute of Technology in 1998. His return to Alaska in 2000 saw the beginning of the IT phase of his career as the Program Manager for Banner Student. Promoted to the Director of Enrollment Services in 2002 he returned to his passion: working on strategic enrollment management and helping students find success at UA.
Saichi has served on executive committees for several professional organizations including the National Student Exchange, the College Board, and National Association for College Admissions Counseling and the Pacific National Association for College Admissions Counseling. Currently he is the Chair of the Admissions and Guidance Committee for the College Board’s Western Region. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Eastern Oregon University and an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Teri Cothren began her career in workforce development at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) shortly after graduating from UAA. She later transitioned to UA Corporate Programs before joining UA Workforce Development in 2013 where she has managed various projects, including the UA Technical Vocational Education Program. In May 2019, Cothren was promoted to Associate Vice President. In this capacity she is an associate member of the National Association of State Directors of Advance Career and Technical Education, President Elect of the Alaska Association of Career an Technical Education, on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Process Industries Careers Consortium, Chair of the UA Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative, and Co-chair of the Alaska Maritime Education Consortium. Cothren is also an active member in the implementation of the Alaska Career and Technical Education Plan and workforce development plans for Alaska industries in health, maritime, mining and oil & gas. In 2016, Cothren received the UA Statewide President's Spotlight Award for her significant contributions in CTE and workforce development.
As an alumna of UAA and UAA Athletics Women's Basketball, in 2012 Cothren co-sponsored and continues to develop the Seawolf Athlete Alumni Chapter to strengthen alumni connections with the University and encourage them to give back in support of current student-athletes and degree programs. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling to experience different locales and cultures.
Gwendolyn (Gwen) Gruenig serves as Associate Vice President of Institutional Research
and Analysis. She has held various positions with the university since 1993 and currently
oversees a wide range of functional responsibilities for the UA system, including:
institutional, operational and policy research and analysis; planning support and
standards; enterprise-wide decision-support data and reporting, setting common reporting
standards; university survey assessments; external reporting to federal, state government
and private entities; performance-based budgeting; accountability and performance
Gruenig is a life-long Alaskan and brings a broad range of experience to her current position. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in statistics. In addition to her duties with the system office, Gruenig is a former adjunct faculty member, teaching introductory statistics courses for the UAF mathematics department. She has also been employed as a statistical consultant to researchers and private businesses for a number of years, specializing in social science research and project management.