Bruce Schultz named University of Alaska Anchorage interim chancellor

UAA Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Bruce Schultz will serve as the university’s interim chancellor, Alaska’s university system president announced Wednesday.

Schultz, selected by Interim UA President Pat Pitney, will take the helm as UAA’s interim chancellor beginning Jan. 4.

Outgoing chancellor Cathy Sandeen has accepted a position as president of California State University’s East Bay campus. Schultz is expected to fill the position until a permanent chancellor is named.

The search for a new chancellor begins later this month, according to the university’s announcement.

Schultz has been the vice chancellor of student affairs at UAA since 2009. He has worked for the university since 1992, when he took a job as the administrative coordinator of UAA’s Residence Life department, according to his university biography. He has also held positions with the university as the associate dean of students, dean of students and associate vice chancellor for student development.

“Bruce brings a steady hand and long history of commitment to student success and enrollment management,” Pitney said in her announcement. “He was instrumental in preparing UAA for the fall semester under a COVID environment, and he knows how to mobilize the UAA community to address the critical issues it faces.”

Emily Goodykoontz

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