Update on Interim chancellor selection

by Steve Patin, Chief Human Resources Officer  |   

UPDATE (Dec. 1, 2020): Announcing UAA Interim Chancellor finalists and Town Halls.

Dear UAA Community -

Your engagement in UAA’s interim chancellor selection has been invaluable, thank you. More than 300 employees, students, and alumni responded to the attributes survey and we received more than 90 nominations for the role. The Search Committee has streamlined the attributes feedback into nine that describe the desired characteristics for UAA’s interim chancellor (see list below). The vast number of nominations has meant that it will take longer than initially anticipated to produce a “short list,” and when approved by President Pitney these will be the finalists for the position.

Here is the anticipated schedule:

  • Monday, Nov. 30 - Finalists will be announced
  • Thursday-Friday, Dec. 3-4 - one-hour open forums for each finalist will occur
  • Dec. 11 (or sooner) - UAA’s interim chancellor will be announced

All details, latest news as well as future updates can be found on the interim chancellor search web page. We will continue to provide updates along the way. If you would like to provide input or feedback about the process, please email CHRO Steve Patin at: spatin@alaska.edu. Input is sincerely welcome and encouraged.

Thank you again.  Have a safe and restful weekend. 

Steve Patin 
Chief Human Resources Officer (and the search committee)

UAA interim chancellor, desired attributes:

  • A passionate connection with Alaska and all Alaskans.
  • Entrenchment in UAA’s mission and vision, able to assume immediate and seamless leadership of UAA to continue its positive trajectory.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to UAA academics, research, service, student support, and student-centric activities; recognition and support of all UAA’s campuses, inclusive of those in Anchorage and across Southcentral, AK.
  • An ability to continue the momentum of ongoing initiatives to focus the organization and grow revenue.
  • Experience with objective decision-making in large, complex organizations; an ability to make decisions for the overall good of the university, the system, and the state and not be beholden to parochial motives or agendas.
  • Prepared to make swift and often difficult decisions that serve the mission and best interests of UAA and the UAA Community.
  • Experience with steadfastness in decision-making, in the face of adversity, especially when it comes to health and safety is critically important.
  • Credible advocate internally and externally on behalf of UAA.
  • Trustworthy, recognizing the value of all Governance groups when making decisions, and communicating transparently to that end.
  • Lead the university in its effort to foster diversity and a welcoming and supportive environment for all people.
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