Chancellor's Biography

Interim Chancellor Bruce Schultz

University of Alaska Anchorage

Dr. Bruce Schultz began his role as UAA Interim Chancellor Jan. 4, 2021, and will serve until a permanent chancellor is named.

Prior to assuming the Interim Chancellor role, Schultz served as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) since 2009 and his career in ascending leadership roles at UAA spans nearly three decades. He began his professional career in student affairs in 1992 as the administrative coordinator of UAA’s Residence Life department. In 1995, he became the Associate Dean of Students and in 2005 the Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Development. In February 2009, Schultz was appointed interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs with the full appointment occurring in June 2010.

As Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Schultz was responsible for advancing a student-centered agenda across the student life cycle in the functional areas of student affairs and campus services. As Vice Chancellor, he led the development of a culture of assessment in student affairs, championed the adoption of the EAB Student Success Collaborative, created the Military and Veterans Student Services Office, supported a multi-year transformation of UAA’s enrollment services operations and effectively restructured student affairs to improve effectiveness while addressing significant reductions in funding. From 2009 to 2020, Schultz co-chaired UAA’s Diversity Action Council which supported the development of UAA’s first Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and the hiring of UAA’s first Chief Diversity Officer.

Schultz’s recent initiatives include serving on the UA Institutional Research Council, UA Human Resources Council and UA Student Services Council; managing UAA’s distribution of more than $5 million of CARES Act funding; leading the Anchorage campus transition to an online bookstore; transforming the transition to college experience for first-year students; creating synergy among student engagement and multicultural student programs; and, building more effective collaborations among the administrative services, academic affairs, university advancement and student affairs units to transform the total educational experience of students.

Dr. Schultz holds a bachelor's degree in International Business and German from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. He received his doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne and his doctoral dissertation was a descriptive study of freshmen adjustment to college at the University of Alaska.