Chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage

The University of Alaska invites applications for the position of Chancellor of University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The Chancellor serves as the university's chief executive officer and is appointed by and reports to the University of Alaska (UA) System President.

UAA is located in the heart of Alaska’s largest city and is the state’s largest post-secondary institution. The campus is nestled in the middle of a greenbelt, surrounded by lakes, ponds and wildlife, and is connected to a city-wide trail system perfect for students’ active lifestyles. UAA consists of the main campus in Anchorage and community campuses located in the Matanuska Valley, Valdez, Kodiak and the Kenai Peninsula . UAA offers many career pathway programs featuring associate’s, baccalaureate and master’s degrees, as well as vocational and professional certificates in more than 150 major study areas, including arts, sciences, business, education, human services and health sciences. The Chancellor's established office is located on the Anchorage campus.

The next Chancellor will lead UAA at a time of diminishing resources and as a result, they must possess solid budgetary and management skills and experience as well as a strong disposition to advocate with the Board of Regents, UA President, fellow UA Chancellors, and state government officials.

The Chancellor exercises broad authority over and is responsible for all aspects of the administration of UAA. 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 Fairbanks (UAF), and University of Alaska Southeast (UAS).

  • 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 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 the naming of facilities and nomination of honorary degree and meritorious service award recipients.

  • Oversees development of UAA budget. Ensures deficit spending does not occur.

  • Establishes course, use, service and administrative fees. When delegated by the president, waives tuition and fees.

  • Interprets and applies UA Board of Regent policies, University regulations, collective bargaining agreements, FERPA, institutional and specialized accreditation standards and policies, memorandums of agreement.

Desired Attributes:

  • A proven and experienced leader who will inspire trust, build morale, and instill confidence in the UAA community.
  • An experienced administrator of financial acumen who will support UAA in matching aspirations with limited resources while creatively developing alternate revenue streams.
  • An individual who can provide visionary strategic thinking and planning skills.
  • An individual who has an enthusiastic campus presence, actively engaged in a living learning community of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the local Anchorage community.
  • A strong and astute advocate capable of working collaboratively and effectively with the University of Alaska System and sister campuses in Juneau and Fairbanks.
  • A champion of workforce development through strategic partnering with the business and military communities to meet Alaska's technical and educational needs.
  • And individual who has an understanding and appreciation of Alaska and Alaska Native cultures and the Pacific Rim and Arctic Regions. 
  • A fair and inclusive leader with a deep understanding and respect for UAA's commitment to shared governance and appreciation for the role of the faculty and staff unions.


  • At least 7 years executive level administrative experience in higher education.
  • Substantial additional executive, faculty, researcher, and/or management experience at a university or a major research organization.
  • Experience in a public higher education institution and multi-campus system.
  • Experience working successfully in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Experience working in or clear understanding of the mission of an open enrollment institution.

Required Education or Training:

Master's degree in a relevant field with significant experience in complex organizations. Terminal degree preferred.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, CV or resume and three (3) professional references through the UA Careers website,  This position is open until filled; however, for best results please apply by March 24th, 2021.

Type of Employment:

This position serves as an Officer of the University. This position is full-time, salaried, with full benefits.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAA is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: