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Strategic Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee's Charge

  • Provide overall advice to UAS leadership about implementation of the UAS Strategic and Assessment Plan (SAP), including our mission, vision, and core themes
  • Provide oversight for NWCCU accreditation compliance and report preparation
  • Provide recommendations about continuous improvement and refinement of UAS’s planning and budgeting processes in light of the SAP
  • Advise UAS leadership about budget principles, priorities, and allocation criteria that guide annual resource allocation decisions as well as allocation and utilization of facilities and technology-related resources
  • Review and present input to UAS leadership about annual operating and capital budget requests
  • Promote transparency and accountability in our planning and budget processes, and assist with communication about those processes and outcomes to the broader university community
  • Promote meaningful participation by appropriate university governance groups in the UAS strategic planning and budgeting process.


The Strategic Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee (SPBAC) grew out of the Strategic and Assessment Plan Executive Committee which was established after the 2009 self-study and the 2011 strategic planning process.  The Executive Committee provided overall advice to UAS leadership about implementation of the UAS Strategic and Assessment Plan, including mission, vision, and core themes. The group also had oversight for NWCCU accreditation compliance and report preparation.

In April 2013 this group was modified to become SPBAC.

AY2018–2019 Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee Members

Committee members are appointed by the Chancellor. The Committee is advisory to the Chancellor and Executive Cabinet.

Committe Charge/Membership List 

Committee contact information below:

Karen Carey


Phone: 796-6509Fax: 796-6469


Chancellor's Office

Hendrickson Bldg, 206, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


  • Ph.D. School Psychology, University of Cincinnati
  • M.S. School Psychology, University of Nevada
  • B.S. Psychology, San Diego State University

Michael Ciri

Vice Chancellor for Administration

Phone: 796-6570Fax: 796-6276


I.T. Services

Hendrickson Bldg, 111, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Michael Ciri was raised in the wilderness by wolves and dropped in front of the Mourant Building in 1982 to fend for himself. And he fended well. He went from student to student employee to a regular employee in computing in 1986. He became director of Information Technology and Media Services in 2000.

He is UAS educated, receiving an AA in 1988, a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1994 and received his master's in Public Administration in 2007. He also holds the record for most consecutive years of living in student housing and is in the UAS mascot hall of fame as the original "Spike" the whale.

Maren Haavig

Interim Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone: 907-796-6353Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


Provost Office

Novatney Bldg, Rm 101A, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Walden University, Doctor of Business Administration - Accounting Emphasis

University of Alaska Southeast, Master of Business Administration

University of Alaska Southeast, Bachelors of Business Administration - Accounting Emphasis

Western Washington University, Fairhaven College, Bachelors of Arts - Interdisciplinary Concentration


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

American Accounting Association

Institute of Managerial Accountants

Government Finance Officers Association

Courses Taught

ACCT 201/202 Principles of Financial/Managerial Accounting

ACCT 310 Income Tax for Individuals

ACCT 342 Advanced Managerial Cost

ACCT 379 Fund and Governmental Accounting

BA 325 Financial Management



MBA Excellence Award – Recipient, 2012 UAS Cohort


Certified Public Accountant (Alaska)

Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate

Professional Work Experience

State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Finance Officer

Alaska Pacific Bank, Controller

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Accountant and Internal Auditor

State of Alaska Legislature, Division of Legislative Audit, Auditor, Juneau, AK

Lori A. Klein

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Interim Director of Recruitment, Admissions, and Advising

Phone: 907-796-6057


Student Services

Novatney Bldg, 211, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Steve Atwater

Executive Dean of the Alaska College of Education

Phone: 907-796-6050


Alaska College of Education

Hendrickson Annex, 101B, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Atwater joined UA in Nov. 2014 after five years as superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, where he was named Alaska’s 2013 Superintendent of the Year. Prior to his work for KPBSD, Atwater taught secondary education and served consecutively as head teacher, curriculum coordinator and superintendent for the Lake & Peninsula School District in King Salmon, AK.

Atwater’s experience with the Alaska education system extends to his own professional training, as he earned both his master’s in education and his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Kristen Handley

Institutional Effectiveness Director

Phone: 907-796-6231


Institutional Effectiveness

Hendrickson Bldg, 210, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


  • A.A. Social Science, Butte Community College (2008)
  • B.A. Psychology, California State University - Sacramento (2011)
  • M.S. Applied Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Stout (2013)


Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Association of Institutional Research and Planning (PNAIRP) 

Pete Traxler

Executive Dean, Career Education; Assistant Professor, Construction Technology

Phone: 796-6139


Priscilla Schulte

Ketchikan Campus Director, Professor of Anthropology/Sociology

Phone: 228-4515Fax: 225-3624


Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Ketchikan Director's Office

Ziegler Bldg, Room 116A, Ketchikan Campus

Ketchikan Campus


Ph.D., University of New Mexico. Dr. Schulte specializes in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures, sociocultural change, and archaeology of southeast Alaska.


Priscilla Schulte has been teaching on the Ketchikan campus since 1980 and has been teaching distance classes for over ten years. Most of her students are in southeast Alaska, but some are from as far away as Connecticut. Priscilla has taught summer classes on the Juneau campus as well as distance delivery classes by video and audio conference to the Juneau campus. She teaches primarily lower division anthropology and sociology classes, as well as multicultural education classes.

Priscilla started her teaching career by teaching anthropology at Dine College (formerly Navajo Community College) now located in Tsaile, Arizona. Her anthropological fieldwork in Arizona and Chicago sparked her interest in completing an M.A. in anthropology at the University of Connecticut. During her years of living and teaching on the Navajo Nation, she began her doctoral work at the University of New Mexico which she completed after her move to Alaska in 1980.

Priscilla’s research and teaching interests are in multicultural education, Alaska Native cultures (primarily of southeast Alaska), and Native American culture change. She produced the video, “The Bear Stands Up,” which has aired on public television. Her most recent research has focused on the totem pole carvers of the CCC era. She is an adopted member of the Tongass Brown Bear clan of the Tlingit people. She is the mother of two daughters who have inspired and encouraged her in her research and teaching.

One of the most exciting events of Priscilla’s teaching year is the annual fieldtrip coordinated with the Forest Service to do archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork with local Native elders, cultural teachers, and UAS students. The field trips focus on the survey and inventory of important cultural sites located in southern southeast Alaska.

Jill Hanson

Assistant Director Business Services and Special Projects

Phone: 747-7733


Sitka Director's Office

Sitka Campus

Elise Tomlinson

UAS Library Dean, including the Learning, Testing, & Writing Centers, & the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT)

Phone: 796-6467


Egan Library

Egan Library, Room 208, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Master of Public Administration, University of Alaska Southeast, 2020
Master of Library and Information Science, University of Hawaii Manoa, 1999
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Alaska Anchorage, 1993

Courses Taught

LS110 - Library Resources and Information Literacy

LS111 - Library Information Literacy for Distance Students


Hired by the UAS Egan Library in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Elise has worked in school, public, special, and academic libraries for the past 30 years.  She received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, in 2006, and became the Regional Library Director for UAS in 2012.  In 2016 she also began overseeing the Juneau campus Learning, Testing, and Writing Centers and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Her position title changed to UAS Library Dean in 2018.  Outside of librarianship, Elise is a painter and a photographer who exhibits regularly in Juneau.  She also loves to spend time with her family skiing, sailing, and playing musical instruments.  Come by and say hello the next time you're in the library!


Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Kolene E. James

Student Equity and Multicultural Services Manager

Phone: 907-796-6454Fax: 796-6005


SRC: Native and Rural Student Center

Mourant Bldg, Rm 110, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus



B.L.A., University Alaska Southeast.

Julie Vigil

Director, Budget, Grants and Contracts

Phone: 796-6494


Budget, Grants and Contracts

Juneau Campus

Math Trafton

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 907-747-7723


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Sitka Campus


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder

M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Colorado at Boulder

M.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing, University of Colorado at Boulder

B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing, University of Colorado at Boulder

B.S. in Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

Courses Taught

  • WRTG 104 Composition Studio
  • WRTG 111 Writing Across Contexts
  • WRTG 211 Writing and the Humanities
  • ENGL 261 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 362 Memoir Writing
  • ENGL 419 Major Authors: Hitchcock
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: The Art of the Love Letter
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: The Art of the Ghost Story
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: Flash Fiction
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: Scriptwriting
  • ENGL 461 Advanced Creative Writing: Postmodernism
  • HUM 120 A Sense of Place: Alaska and Beyond


Dr. Trafton began teaching at UAS in 2013. Before that, he taught at the University of Colorado, where he earned his degree in Comparative Literature. His dissertation, “The Ghostmodern: Revisionist Haunting in Turn-of-the-Century American Literature (1887-1910),” explores complexities in American ghost literature and how a shift in some treatments of literary haunting prefigure a corresponding shift from Realism to Modernism and beyond. Beyond ghost stories, Dr. Trafton is interested in such topics as flash fiction, the modern love letter, cinema, feminist studies, the avant-garde, and postcolonialism.

In the classroom, Dr. Trafton is committed to empowering students through rigorous interdisciplinary exercises that challenge students according to their interests and their abilities. He strives to support students in developing the experience, confidence, and skills to discover their voice and to use it effectively. Conversely, in all of his classes, he also challenges his students to widen their analytical perspectives and to listen thoughtfully before speaking.

Dr. Trafton has deeply valued his time in Sitka, and he sees himself henceforth as a lifelong Alaskan. He enjoys the ocean, the lush vegetation, the closeness to the natural world, and the closeness to the community. He lives in Sitka with his wife and his daughter, along with the family pets—dog and rabbit.

Robin Gilcrist

Associate Professor and Program Head of Construction Technology

Phone: 907-796-6141


Career Education: Construction

Technical Education Center, TEC 223, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Associate Professor, Robin Gilcrist has been teaching for the Construction Technology program on the Juneau campus since 2007. Ms. Gilcrist attended Sacramento City College way back in the last century, earning an Associate Degree in Drafting Technology. After moving to Hawaii in the early 80’s she completed a Bachelor of Art degree with an emphasis in drawing. While teaching for UAS, Ms. Gilcrist completed the UAS Masters of Educational Technology degree, which provided a foundation to build her teaching skills to offer online construction professional courses.

Ms. Gilcrist has worked as a drafter and residential designer for the past 40 years. She is a certified AutoCAD user, and maintains a General Contractor’s License with Residential Endorsement. She is also a member of the American Institute of Building Designers and local Southeast AK Home Builders Association.

Ms. Gilcrist has also been a volunteer board member on several Juneau non-profit organizations, lending her expertise in building design, planning and construction oversight. She is currently serving on the board of the Glory Hall. She works closely with the Juneau House Trust, the Juneau School District, and the City and Borough of Juneau to help facilitate the continued UAS.JHT.JSD House Build partnership.

Ronalda Cadiente Brown

Associate Vice Chancellor for Alaska Native Programs and Director of PITAAS

Phone: 907-796-6058Fax: 796-6005


Alaska College of Education

Mourant Bldg, Native and Rural Student Resource Center , Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


M.A. - Stanford University

B.A.  -Pacific University

Janelle Cook

Financial Aid Director

Phone: (907) 796-6255


Financial Aid

Novatney Bldg, 207, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Lillian Bannerman

President, United Students University of Alaska Southeast Student Government

Phone: 796-6517


Juneau Campus

Eric Lingle

Database Coordinator

Phone: 796-6069Fax: 796-6365



Mourant Bldg, Admissions, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Eric grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He attended the University of California Santa Cruz, earning a bachelor's in History. After graduation, Eric served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in eastern Uganda where he worked with a local organization building community microfinance associations. After returning to the United States, he undertook several studies with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Bureau of Land Management before joining the University of Alaska Southeast. Eric currently serves as the public member of the Alaska Board of Optometry and volunteers with Juneau Mountain Rescue.

In his free time, Eric greatly enjoys skiing, boating, diving, and coffee.

Paula J. S. Martin

Interim Dean for Arts and Sciences, Interim Vice-Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs

Phone: 907-796-6518


Arts and Sciences

Soboleff Bldg, 223, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

FY20 Meeting Schedule

Meetings on the following dates in the Glacier View Room unless otherwise noted:

Thursday, August 1, 2019 (1:30pm to 3pm)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (4pm to 5pm)

Monday, September 16, 2019 (3pm to 4pm)

Monday, November 11, 2019 (3:30pm to 5pm)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 (3pm to 4:30pm)

Thursday, December 19, 2019 (2:30pm to 3:30pm)

Thursday, March 5, 2020 (4pm to 5pm)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (3pm to 5pm, Zoom Meeting)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 (3pm to 4:30pm, Zoom Meeting)

Archive of Meeting Materials


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