Dr. Don Bantz begins his tenure as 9th president of Alaska Pacific University
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Dr. Don Bantz has begun his tenure as Alaska Pacific University’s ninth president. He succeeds Dr. Douglas North who left the university in January to begin a sabbatical before taking over as Head of Schools at Albany Academies in New York. Bantz was selected by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees following a national search.
“I’m honored to lead Alaska Pacific University into the future,” said Dr. Bantz. “The University is in a great position financially, and it will be a distinct pleasure to work with the trustees, faculty, staff, students and alumni as we continue to strengthen and grow the university in the years ahead.”
Bantz has an aggressive agenda that he is pursuing in his new role at APU. He lists five areas that will be his immediate focus:
• Engage the entire APU community to re-focus the university mission and set strategic priorities.
• Deepen APU’s core strengths: Active Learning; Small class sizes and personalized student/faculty interactions; A supportive flexible “family” atmosphere throughout the University; A commitment to the natural world and sustainable development, and a practical liberal arts education.
• Develop town and gown partnerships to strengthen APU’s curriculum, provide service learning opportunities to students, and provide services to business, government, and non-governmental organization sectors.
• Strengthen APU’s capacity to provide scholarship support for students.
• Attract more Alaskan students, including Alaska Natives, to APU.
Dr. Bantz has worked at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington since 1988, teaching in the Master’s of Public Administration Program, serving three years as Academic Dean and for the past seven years as Academic Vice President & Provost. He earned his DPA and MA in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of Fullerton State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Management and Marketing.
>From 1974 through 1986, Dr. Bantz lived in Anchorage where he worked in the community health field first with the Alaska Federation of Natives, and then serving as Executive Director for the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. In 1984 he was recognized as Alaska Public Administrator of the Year. Dr. Bantz began his new position on March 15, 2010. He and his wife Joan have taken up residence in the Mlakar President’s Home.
Founded in 1959, Alaska Pacific University is a private, independent university that promotes the fullest development of its students through student-centered, experiential learning in liberal arts and professional programs. To find out more, visit www.alaskapacific.edu.