Retirement announcement from Julie Baecker

It is with some seriously mixed emotions that I bring you the news that I have announced my retirement from the University of Alaska effective February 2012.� I looked around myself one day and realized I’d been working for the university longer than some of my employees have been alive (32+ years)!� It is time to enter a new phase of life.�

To say it was a tough decision is an understatement – and one of the toughest elements is knowing how much I will miss my staff and others that I have worked with for so many years.� I have met some of the finest people in my life here at the university.� Some have mentored me and I have mentored others; together, we have done some great things that have had a very positive impact on the University of Alaska system.� I will always be grateful for the world of opportunities this institution has offered me.�

As I go about figuring out what is next for me, I will take some time to visit my daughter, who is going to school in Spain this semester, spend more time with my fianc� in Washington state, where two new babies are due this winter and spring, continue my volunteer work, and get in some winter skiing when my broken wrist is healed!��

I will work with President Gamble to select an interim Chief Risk Officer to fill the gap as the search for my replacement is conducted.

Thank you!� It’s been a great ride!

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