Chancellor Tom Case
Tom Case, Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret.), became chancellor in May 2011. Upon completing his Air Force career, he was appointed dean of UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) where he served nearly six years before becoming president and chief operating officer of the state-owned, independently operated Alaska Aerospace Corporation.
Since returning to UAA as Chancellor, Tom has focused on helping students succeed in their college goals. In 2011, UAA became one of only 11 universities nationwide to open a VetSuccess program on campus. UAA opened a Veteran’s Resource Center in 2013 to support our growing military and veteran student population.
With support from Chancellor funds, UAA established the INNOVATE awards in 2011 to provide an incentive for innovative research. Seawolf Holdings was approved in 2012, establishing a pathway toward the commercialization of UAA research. In February 2013, ZENSOR, LLC became the first startup company incorporated in Alaska based upon research by UAA faculty. A second startup incorporated in June 2013. Currently, UAA has 31 invention disclosures with 12 patents pending.
Under Tom’s leadership, UAA opened a new Health Sciences Building, will open the new Alaska Airlines Center in September 2014, and received funding to complete a new Engineering and Industry Building slated to open in 2015.
Married to his wife Susan for 45 years, they have a daughter Donna, son-in-law Daniel and three grandchildren.
A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Tom received a Master of Science degree in Systems Management at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the National War College, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, the Air War College, and Emory University’s Advanced Management Program.
He is an active member of the community – having served on the boards of the Alaska World Affairs Council and World Trade Center Alaska and is immediate past president of Commonwealth North.
Tom is an avid pilot. And, of course, a great Seawolf fan!