University of Alaska Southeast — Chancellor

The University of Alaska Southeast (“UAS”) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chancellor. The position reports to the President of the University of Alaska System. 

The University
The University of Alaska Southeast is a regional university serving Southeast Alaska and beyond through campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka. At UAS one will commonly hear the phrase “three campuses—one university,” reinforcing that all campuses contribute meaningfully to the institution’s mission. All share in the university’s decision-making processes and contribute to advancing student achievement and success. UAS is one of three separately-accredited universities that make up the University of Alaska System.

The three campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka work as a single university to address important regional and statewide needs, leverage essential resources, and create critical postsecondary education and training opportunities in the region. This regional approach makes sense given that Southeast Alaska is geographically remote from the rest of Alaska and accessible only by water or air. The region includes the famed Inside Passage—a majestic array of islands, channels, and fjords abutting coastal mountains, icefields, and glaciers. Only Haines and Skagway in northern Southeast Alaska are connected to the continental road system. The Alaska Marine Highway, which connects Southeast communities by ferry, is a vital part of regional transportation and Alaska Airlines provides year-round service to larger communities.

Southeast Alaska is the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples. Their presence extends back thousands of years. Nearly 20 percent of UAS students are indigenous Alaskans. The advancement of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures and languages are increasingly reflected in UAS programs. UAS has formal partnerships with the Sealaska Heritage Institute, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and Ketchikan Indian Community.

The Position
The University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor serves as the university’s chief executive officer and is appointed by and reports to the University of Alaska System President. UAS has campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka. The Chancellor’s office is on the Juneau campus. The next Chancellor will lead UAS at a time of diminishing resources and as a result, he or she must possess solid budgetary and management skills and experience as well as a strong disposition to collaborate with the Board of Regents, UA President, and fellow UA Chancellors.

The Chancellor exercises broad authority over and is responsible for all aspects of the administration of UAS. The Chancellor:

  • Advances the mission and vision of the University, builds and maintains external relationships (including corporate partners and private donors) critical to the success of the University. 
  • Serves on the University of Alaska President’s Cabinet and leadership team (the Summit Team) and collaborates with the University of Alaska System, University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). 
  • Leads Chancellor’s Cabinet and the University’s administration of instruction, finance and operations, safety, and student service and life programs, effectively advancing the recruitment and retention of quality faculty, staff, and students, and providing a quality education for students.
  • Develops, updates, and presents to the UA Board of Regents campus master plans.
  • Prepares annual capital plans.
  • Advances items through the President for the UA Board of Regents’ meeting agendas and actively participates in Board of Regents’ meetings. 
  • Appoints a chief academic officer, senior administrators, faculty, professors emeritus and emerita, and individuals to university councils. Designates a chief financial officer.
  • Makes determinations on promotion and tenure. Establishes committees for  naming of facilities and nomination of honorary degree and meritorious service award recipients.
  • Oversees development of UAS’ budget. 
  • Establishes course, use, service and administrative fees. When delegated by the president, waives tuition and fees.
  • Applies UA Board of Regent policies, university regulations, collective bargaining agreements, FERPA, institutional and specialized accreditation standards and policies, and memorandums of agreement.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Senior level leadership and administrative experience in an academic environment.
  • Demonstrated financial acumen and experience solving challenging financial issues with minimal reduction of services.
  • A record of commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • A record of commitment to faculty research and scholarship as well as excellence in university teaching;
  • A clear understanding and commitment to shared governance values and processes.
  • A history of innovation in developing and supporting academic programs that support student success goals.
  • Successful leadership and management experiences, including strategic planning, financial management, and management of staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to support the use of effective information technology for pedagogical, administrative, and student support needs.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A solid understanding of and disposition to lead fundraising and revenue generation efforts.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An earned terminal degree from an accredited institution.
  • Experience in a public higher education institution and multi-campus system.
  • Experience working in or clear understanding of the mission of an open enrollment institution.

For more information about the Chancellor Search, including links to the timeline and position profile, please visit: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/chancellor/chancellor-search.html. 

Application Process
UAS encourages applications from candidates who have a strong record of scholarship and teaching with successful executive level administrative experience in higher education. UAS also encourages applications from exceptional candidates with nontraditional backgrounds who have demonstrated significant successes in business, industry, nonprofit or government that are relevant in the higher education setting.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and a list of three professional references. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner or
Emy Peña, Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com 

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