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Four UAF chancellor finalists to speak at community forums


The University of Alaska Fairbanks has named four finalists in its search for a new chancellor. The candidates will visit campus and speak at community forums beginning this week.

The finalists were selected from a pool of 24 candidates from Alaska and the Lower 48. During their time on campus, they will meet with UA and UAF leaders, as well as attend forums for students and employees.

Following are the four finalists and information about their community forums:

Dan White
Thursday, April 20, 5:30 p.m., Schaible Auditorium
Dan White has served as the University of Alaska vice president for academic affairs and research since March of 2015. He joined the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1995 as a professor of civil and environmental engineering. White has served in several positions at UAF, including director of the Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF associate vice chancellor for research and head of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization and interim vice chancellor for research. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Washington University and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alaska.

J. Michael Kuperberg
Monday, April 24, 5:30 p.m., Murie Building auditorium
J. Michael Kuperberg is the executive director of the U.S. Global Change Research Program at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is on detail to the White House from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Climate and Environmental Science Division, where he is a biologist. Prior to that, he was a member of the research faculty at Florida State University, where he served as associate director for environmental programs at the Center for Biomedical and Toxicological Research. Kuperberg has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Florida State University and a doctorate in environmental toxicology from Florida A&M University.

Tony Haymet
Tuesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m., Murie Building auditorium
Tony Haymet is distinguished professor of oceanography and director emeritus and vice chancellor emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. Prior to his appointment at Scripps, he was chief of marine and atmospheric research and then science and policy director for CSIRO, Australia’s science, industry and business research agency. He is co-founder of CleanTech San Diego, a business organization that promotes and supports clean technology businesses, and co-founder and co-owner of MRV Systems LLC, an ocean robot company. Haymet has a degree in chemistry from the University of Sydney, a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Sydney.

Mirta Martin
Thursday, April 27, 5:30 p.m., Murie Building auditorium
Mirta Martin most recently served as the president of Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Martin began her career in the banking industry, working up to senior vice president at First Union National Bank of Virginia. She made the move to higher education in 1992 and has served in a variety of faculty and leadership positions at public and private colleges, universities and community colleges. Martin has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from Duke University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond and a doctorate with an emphasis in strategic management and leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

The community forums are co-sponsored by the UAF Alumni Association and will be available via webcast. Visit www.uaf.edu/chancellor/search/ to access webcast information and download curriculum vitae for the finalists. Links to feedback forms for each will also be available on the site.


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