UPDATE: Mayo, Peter finalists to lead rural, community, Native education
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has selected two finalists for the position of vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education. The finalists—Kathy Mayo and Evon Peter—were chosen from a field of 21 applicants in a national search to replace former Vice Chancellor Bernice Joseph, who retired in 2013 and passed away in January. Each finalist will have the opportunity to meet with members of the public and university community, including rural campuses, in the coming weeks. Mayo’s career in the private and public sector has spanned 25 years and included leadership positions in Native organizations, federal agencies and the oil and gas industry. Most recently, she served as chief administrative officer at Tanana Chiefs Conference. Peter is a UAF alumnus who began his professional career in 1998 as the coordinator for the UAF Yukon Flats Center. Since then he has served in a variety of leadership positions in Native organizations and nonprofits. He is currently the CEO of Gwanzhii, LLC., a consulting firm that provides strategic planning, program development and other services for private and public organizations. Peter and Mayo were chosen as finalists by a search committee comprised of university, Alaska and Native community leaders. The vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education is responsible for promoting Alaska Native education, representation and personal success, advocating for Alaska Native people at UAF, and promoting inclusion of traditional and indigenous knowledge in university programs. The position also serves as leader for the College of Rural and Community Development, which includes all of UAF’s rural campuses and sites, as well as the UAF Community and Technical College.