James R. Johnsen named president of the University of Alaska System
Effective Sept. 1, James R. Johnsen becomes the 14th president of the University of Alaska System.
Formerly UA’s vice president of administration and chief of staff, Johnsen was most previously the senior vice president of human resources and process transformation at Alaska Communications, a telecommunications corporation based in Anchorage.
Johnsen has committed to travel to all 16 UA campuses during his first year and has said his goals are to expand access and affordability, drive cost effectiveness and promote academic excellence.
Johnsen will succeed Patrick K. Gamble, who is retiring after five years.
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