VC for Student Affairs Bruce Schultz to retire from UAA

by Sean Parnell, UAA Chancellor  |   

Bruce SchultzDear UAA Community,

I am writing to let you know Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Bruce Schultz has shared with me that he will be retiring from UAA at the conclusion of this academic year. In the short time I have known Bruce, his commitment to UAA and its students was immediately evident. Even in sharing his retirement plans with me, Bruce’s chief concern was providing ample time to plan a meaningful transition for Student Affairs. I also wish to express my gratitude to Bruce for his tremendous leadership in bridging the transition between chancellors and providing cohesion and stability to UAA amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bruce’s career at UAA spans nearly 30 years and began as a graduate intern in the early ’90s. During his time here he has made significant contributions to improving the student experience — building a robust student life program and promoting student development. He’s worked tirelessly with campus leadership to develop and advance enrollment services at a critical time in UAA’s history.

Underpinning this work is his desire to support student life and engagement while fostering a sense of belonging and an inclusive campus culture. His contributions include creating the Student Clubs and Greek Life office (renamed Student Organization Services), which serves over 100 student clubs and organizations. He created the Military and Veteran Student Services office in response to an increasing number of veterans attending UAA. He also established the Care Team to support at-risk students and has coordinated the university’s response to critical student incidents for much of his time at UAA.

Bruce was also instrumental in developing UAA’s Residential Community, planning the residence halls and implementing living-learning communities where students in similar programs of study could live and learn together. In 2005, the Residential Community opened the award-winning Cama-i Room — a space he helped create that hosts programs focused on Alaska Native, Native American and Alaska culture. The Cama-i Room received an award in 2010 from the American College Personnel Association.

Bruce has always believed in empowering and supporting students, investing in staff development and building operational capacity. Over the last 25 years, he has attended every student government meeting his schedule would allow. He regularly attends student events on campus and personally takes time to meet with students. It is impossible to measure the impact of his many contributions at UAA. He has shared that it has been an absolute joy to build Student Affairs and work with a talented team of highly trained professionals to maximize the student experience at UAA.

In the coming weeks, I will meet with the Student Affairs Executive Team as well as leadership of our governance groups to discuss the future of UAA Student Affairs. As we proceed, my hope is that we honor Bruce’s work by providing the same thoughtfulness and intentionality to shaping the future of Student Affairs as Bruce has demonstrated throughout his career, for our students and higher education in Alaska.

Please join me in expressing your gratitude and support for Bruce and his work.

Sincerely,
Sean Parnell,
UAA Chancellor

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