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UAS Sitka Campus selects new Campus Director

Dr. Paula Martin, new campus director at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka CampusDr. Paula Martin has been hired as Campus Director of the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus. Currently, Dr. Martin serves as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at UAA’s Kenai Peninsula College — a role she has held since 2008. Dr. Martin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in entomology in 1993. She taught at Emory University, where she led its Human and Natural Ecology program. She then accepted an opportunity to create a new department, Environmental Science and Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. This department grew rapidly, and Dr. Martin augmented her experience as full Professor by becoming Assistant Provost at Juniata.

According to UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield, “I am most impressed with Paula’s skill set as she steps into the Sitka Campus directorship. She has been instrumental in the success of providing online and hybrid courses. She has special interests in community campus and higher education administration, and sustainability. I am sure she will be a perfect fit in Sitka!” UAS Sitka Campus Advisory Council chair Keith Perkins provided his perspective: “UAS Sitka is a unique and exciting campus in the university system. We have always been extremely pleased with the work of the faculty and staff over the years. With the retirement of Jeff Johnston, long time Campus Director, and in seeking out a quality, vibrant, experienced professional to step into the position, we are very excited to have Dr. Paula Martin willing to bring her extensive experience from the Kenai campus to the Sitka campus. I cannot think of a better fit for UAS Sitka and for the community of Sitka.”

Leslie L. Gordon, Associate Professor and HIM Program Director, who served as chairman of the Campus Director search committee, said: “The search committee is delighted to welcome Dr. Martin to the Sitka Campus. We were impressed with her knowledge about the community and the campus. She comes to us prepared and ready to get to work. Her intuition about the culture of the campus and Sitka is extraordinary.”

In a message to Sitka Campus staff this morning, Dr. Martin expressed excitement about the opportunity, and stated that she expects to complete her move and take up her duties in Sitka beginning October 5. She also commented: “At the moment it is a difficult time in Sitka due to the landslide, flood and loss of life, yet I read about the community pulling together to help each other as they can. This strong sense of community is another reason I am pleased to move to Sitka.”

Accredited media are encouraged to contact UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield or Acting Director Denise Blankenship about these new campus developments. Those who wish to contact Paula directly may request her email or phone information from Owen Kindig, Public Information Officer of the Sitka Campus, at 907-747-7767.

Contact: Owen Kindig
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: 907-747-7767
Email: owen.kindig@uas.alaska.edu


Interim Provost Appointed

The University of Alaska Southeast announces the appointment of Ketchikan Campus Director Dr. Priscilla Schulte as UAS Interim Provost for the coming academic year. A search for a permanent Provost is slated to commence in August.

Dr. Schulte will begin her new assignment on August 9, 2015. She is expected to remain in the role through the 2015-2016 academic year with a hope that a new provost will be on board in early summer 2016. Dr. Schulte will remain Ketchikan Campus Director but she will move to Juneau for the duration of this assignment. She will continue to return to Ketchikan periodically over the course of the academic year. In her interim role, Dr. Schulte will represent UAS in important leadership venues including Board of Regents and Summit Team meetings and Statewide Academic Council.

UAS faculty, deans and directors expressed support for this arrangement — noting Dr. Schulte’s long and distinguished career at UAS as a tenured full professor, an active researcher, and most recently a highly-effective campus director.

“I personally am very grateful for Dr. Schulte’s willingness to take on this assignment. I know that she will serve UAS well as Interim Provost. I also know that she will ensure that the good work of Ketchikan Campus faculty and staff will continue during the interim. I am committed to supporting her and Ketchikan personnel in fulfilling that expectation,” said Chancellor Rick Caulfield.

“It is an honor to be chosen as the interim Provost of UAS, ” said Dr. Schulte. “Over the years, I have enjoyed working with the faculty, staff, and students from all three campuses and I look forward to this new role.”

Contact: Katie Bausler
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: 907-796-6530
Email: katie.bausler@uas.alaska.edu



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