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Regents gather in Fairbanks this week

The University of Alaska Board of Regents will spend nearly a full day
in executive session at a regularly scheduled meeting this week to
narrow the field of candidates in the search for the next UA
president.

The board meets on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, Room 109
of the Butrovich Building, on Feb. 17 and 18, Wednesday and Thursday.
The executive session will last most of the day Wednesday except for a
lunch hour discussion with state Department of Education and Early
Development Commissioner Larry LeDoux. LeDoux will discuss Gov. Sean
Parnell's proposed Governor's Performance Scholarship as well as other
legislation affecting education in the state. Then the board will
resume its executive session.

On Thursday, members of the public can testify at 9 a.m. The light
agenda includes two academic programs up for approval:

· A graduate certificate in advanced human service systems at the

University of Alaska Anchorage, which would be available by spring
2011. UAA estimates 20 students would enroll;

· And a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in environment and

society at UAA, which expects to attract 15-30 students over the next
few years.

>From noon until 1 p.m. on Thursday, UAF faculty and staff will give
presentations that include climate change and a student-endorsed
sustainability fee.

The complete agenda can be found at www.alaska.edu/bor.

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