Chancellor Tom Case

Tom Case has served as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage since May 2011, focusing on UAA’s core mission of serving the higher education needs of the state, its communities and its diverse peoples.

Under Case’s leadership:

  • UAA improved campus facilities for students and community – a new Health Sciences Building supports its designation as Alaska’s healthcare university, the Alaska Airlines Center now home to UAA’s Seawolves as well as community concerts and special events. The new Engineering & Industry Building connects to the Health Sciences Building via a pedestrian skybridge spanning Providence Drive.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UAA in the top 20 percent of schools in its 2015 list of the best online programs for master’s degrees in education.
  • Seawolf Debate is ranked 6th in the U.S. and 17th in the world in university debating and was in the top 10 for both in 2012 (3rd in U.S. and 9th in the World).
  • Commencement returned to two UAA campuses: Anchorage now hosts on-campus fall and spring commencement in the Alaska Airlines Center and Mat-Su College hosts on-campus commencement in the new Glenn Massay Theater.
  • The College of Business and Public Policy’s experimental economics program ranked in the top 10 percent of programs of its kind worldwide by RePEc (Research Papers in Economics).
  • UAA is home to the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC)
  • UAA earned the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, one of a select number of colleges and universities to receive this recognition.
  • UAA established the INNOVATE Awards in 2011 to provide an incentive for innovative research and to date UAA has five patents, 38 invention disclosures, and 32 patents filed. Seawolf Holdings was created in 2012, establishing a pathway toward commercialization of UAA research that has resulted in three start-up companies.
  • Prince William Sound College became UAA’s fourth community campus and will join the university’s accreditation, effective in the new academic year.
  • The School of Nursing ranked #3 on’s list of America’s Best Nursing Schools in the West.
  • UAA became one of only 11 universities nationwide to open a VetSuccess program on campus in 2011. Two years later, UAA opened a veterans’ resource center to support its growing military and veteran student population.

After retiring from the Air Force as a lieutenant general, Case was appointed dean of UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy, where he served nearly six years before becoming president and chief operating officer of the state-owned, independently operated Alaska Aerospace Corp.

A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Case earned 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, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, Air War College and Emory University’s advanced management program.

An active member of the community, Case has served on the boards of the Alaska World Affairs Council and World Trade Center Alaska and is a past president of Commonwealth North.

He recently was elected to a three-year term as a commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities—one of six regional nonprofit organizations the U.S. Department of Education recognizes for accrediting postsecondary institutions within the U.S.—and serves on the NWCCU executive committee.

Case and his wife, Susan, have a daughter, Donna, son-in-law, Daniel, and five grandchildren. He is an avid pilot and, of course, an enthusiastic Seawolf fan!

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