UA System hires chief human resources officer

Posted on August 23, 2013 

UA System announces new chief human resources officer


University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has hired longtime human

resources professional and adjunct professor Erik Seastedt from the State

University of New York (SUNY) to serve as the UA System’s chief human

resources officer.


Seastedt will start the job Sept. 16, replacing interim officer Michelle

Rizk, who also serves as associate vice president for budget.


“Erik is the whole professional package. He brings UA 24 years of human

resources experience in a wide variety of areas such as job classification

and compensation, benefits, communications, diversity, labor relations,

policy development and effective performance assessment,” said Gamble.  “We’re

fortunate to bring him to Alaska and to have him put that experience to

work for UA.”


Seastedt is currently director of human resources and affirmative action at

SUNY’s Cobleskill campus in upstate New York. Previous leadership positions

have been with Great Basin College in Nevada, the University of Wyoming in

Laramie and other organizations in upstate New York. At the UA System he’ll

report directly to Gamble, providing HR leadership and policy level

strategy in personnel-related areas.


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