Pitney to serve as interim University of Alaska President until 2022

The University of Alaska’s interim president will serve at least another year. 

At a Friday meeting, the UA Board of Regents decided to extend Pat Pitney’s contract as interim president until the spring of 2022, when it will resume searching for a permanent president. The board cited the need for stability during ongoing budget cuts and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pitney, a former budget director for Gov. Bill Walker, took over as the university system’s president in August after the previous president stepped down. 

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Lex Treinen covers culture, homelessness, politics and corrections for Alaska Public Media. Reach him at ltreinen@alaskapublic.org.

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