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UA Regents narrow list of presidential contenders


The University of Alaska Board of Regents advanced six candidates to
move forward to final interviews in the search for a new UA president.
Three to four finalists are expected to be announced Feb. 28.

The following day, March 1, the finalists will tour UA campuses and
meet with a variety of stakeholders at the University of Alaska
Fairbanks. On March 2, finalists will meet with similar constituencies
at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The next day, March 3, the
finalists will gather in Juneau to meet with the University of Alaska
Southeast community. UAF, UAA and UAS also are working on
opportunities for rural and extended campus sites to participate via
teleconference or video conference.

In addition, the public is invited to community presentations in
Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau as well:

· Fairbanks, 6-8:45 p.m., Monday, March 1, Carlson Center;

· Anchorage, 6-8 p.m. , Tuesday, March 2, Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center;

· Juneau, 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, Centennial Hall.

After the whirlwind tour of campuses, the board will meet with members
of its presidential search advisory committee and then meet again as a
board March 15 to make a final decision. An announcement could come
sometime after that.

UA President Mark Hamilton announced last June his intention to retire
in 2010. The board began its search in earnest last fall by hiring a
professional search firm, Academic Search of Washington, D.C., to
assist. Input on the qualities and characteristics of the next
president were gathered in Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks. Academic
Search then advertised the position, which drew a qualified pool of
applicants from both within and outside the state, said board chair
Cynthia Henry.

"Hiring the president is one of the most important things the Board of
Regents does, and we take this responsibility very seriously," Henry
said. "After the campus tours, board members will want to hear from
our stakeholders and the public about which candidate they think would
best lead the UA system. We'll accept public feedback right up until
our meeting on March 15. After that, we hope to make an offer to our
candidate of choice."

For detailed schedules of campus visits go to www.alaska.edu/bor/pres-search.

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