At this year's Sitka Campus Graduation, noted Tlingit artist Teri Rofkar delivered the Commencement Address and received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. In this photo, captured by Owen Kindig and James Poulson, Teri receives the hood which academic tradition has chosen to symbolize its highest honor, placed upon her shoulders by retiring UAS Chancellor John Pugh, and Regent Dale Anderson, as Regent Courtney Enright looks on.
Rick Caulfield named new UAS Chancellor
Provost Rick Caulfield has been named UAS Chancellor by UA President Pat Gamble. He will assume his new duties when Chancellor John Pugh steps down at the end of May. Dr. Caulfield has been a part of the University of Alaska for more than 30 years. He began his higher education teaching career in 1985 at the university’s Bristol Bay Campus. He became a full professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as part of the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development. His research interests took him to Greenland, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, and Russia. He has published two books and numerous other professional publications and served on national and international science steering committees and boards, including the NSF Oceans-Atmosphere-Ice Interactions Scientific Committee, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and the University of the Arctic. A 40-year Alaska resident, Dr. Caulfield has combined academic and professional interests with experiences in commercial fishing, flying, sailing, home construction, dog mushing, hunting, recreational fishing, and other outdoor pursuits. Dr. Caulfield earned a PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and BA and BS degrees in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.