Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Samuel (Sam) Gingerich was appointed provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2015. From 2006-20014 he served as the system vice president for academic affairs for the South Dakota Board of Regents where he worked to develop, implement and oversee academic programming for the state's public university system. In this role, he worked collaboratively with faculty and administration as well as with K-12 educators to support an education enterprise that met the needs and expectations of the state.
In July of 2004, he began service as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mississippi University for Women, a position he held until 2006. Before this he was vice president for academic affairs and, for a period, interim president, at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1985, Dr. Gingerich took a faculty position at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota where he served as a tenured Professor of Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Math and Sciences, Associate Vice President for Research and Planning, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Gingerich holds three degrees in chemistry: a PhD from Montana State University, an MS from Cornell University, and a BA from Goshen College. Dr. Gingerich has published more than 25 chapters, articles, and abstracts about this work and has made dozens of presentations at international and national meetings. In the community, he has worked with a number of programs sponsored by Chambers of Commerce in South Dakota and Colorado and he has been involved with and held a range of leadership positions with the United Way. Dr. Gingerich is most proud of the students with whom he's worked over the years who are now leading rewarding professional careers of their own as well as for the friends and colleagues he has mentored and who have mentored him.