From the Chancellor

Dear alumni and friends,

The University of Alaska Anchorage has come a long way since we graduated our first student in 1955. Just a few of our successes in the last couple years include: Truman and Marshall scholars; Seawolf debaters ranked 12th in the world and 2nd in the nation; Seawolf athletes broke records in nearly every sport; relevant research; philanthropic support from our partners among business, industry, nonprofits, alumni and friends; opening of the ConocoPhillipsIntegrated Science Building last year; and construction of the new Health Sciences Building to open next year.

Chancellor Fran UlmerOur success is not a secret. Our communities increasingly look to UAA to meet workforce needs, higher education needs, policy and research needs, and to be a source of future leadership. We take great pride in the work we do and the impact that UAA is having in many different fields.

You, our alumni and friends, are a large part of our success. Your personal relationship with UAA gives you an understanding not only of where we have been but also where we are headed. When we open our new Health Sciences Building next year we will be taking one more step toward meeting the demand for workers in the largest growth sector in Alaska’s economy: Health.

This year marked the inaugural Green and Gold Gala, hosted by the UAA Alumni Association and University leadership. On October 9, many of you came to help us celebrate and honor our first UAA Alumni of Distinction: UAA Alumni of Achievement Dana Stabenow, Alaska author; UAA Humanitarian Gloria O’Neill, President and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council; and UAA Emerging Leader Linda Leary, President of Carlile Transportation Systems. These are just three of many, many success stories, thanks to the remarkable work of our faculty, staff, students and community partners.

Many thanks for all that you are doing to pave the way for UAA’s role in future success stories!


Fran Ulmer Chancellor