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UAS looks to local director


Daily News Staff Writer

The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus has asked UAS professor of anthropology and sociology Priscilla Schulte to remain in the position of interim campus director while they consider her for the permanent position.

UAS Provost Richard Caulfield said Schulte was made interim campus director after campus director Anthony Mansueto resigned in June.

A nationwide search for a new director led to the three finalists: Western Dakota Technical Institute Vice President for Academic Affairs Cathy Anderson; former Berkeley City College President John F. Garmon; and former Pima Medical Institute Director Voytek Panas.

The three candidates visited Ketchikan and Juneau in late February and early March to give presentations at the Ketchikan campus library and to tour the town so they could meet community members.

Caulfield said "we did not feel that we had a sufficient pool to approach about becoming a director there," and, with Chancellor John Pugh, the decision was made to close the search.

The search committee, according to UAS Ketchikan student services manager committee chair Gail Klein, includes faculty, students, staff and community members.

Caulfield added that he is gathering input from faculty, students and community members about Schulte becoming the UAS Ketchikan campus director. He said people could reach him at racaulfield@uas.alaska.edu.

"We’re taking it one step at a time," Caulfield said, adding, "When we have that feedback, that would put me in a position of reporting to chancellor Pugh." He said the final appointment would have to come from UAS President Patrick Gamble.

He said they hope to finish the process and move to the next step within a month.