Alaska in Brief

Panel picks five nominees for new chancellor of University of Alaska Southeast

By: - January 9, 2023 4:10 pm
The University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau as seen on May 25, 2022

The University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau as seen on May 25, 2022. (Photo by Lisa Phu/Alaska Beacon)

A search committee has picked the chairman of Sealaska Corp. and four education officials as finalists to serve as the chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast, one of three main branches of the University of Alaska System.

On Monday, the university announced the shortlist of candidates for the job that will open when current chancellor Karen Carey retires at the end of June:

  • Lisa Parady, executive director of the Alaska Council of School Administrators;
  • James Taylor, senior associate vice president at Utah State University;
  • Aparna Palmer, vice president of Front Range Community College in Colorado;
  • Cathay LeCompte, division director of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward;
  • and Joe Nelson, chairman of the board of directors of Sealaska Corp.

The chancellor of UAS serves as the university’s chief executive officer and will be appointed by University of Alaska President Pat Pitney.

In a brief statement online, Pitney said the finalists “are all leaders chosen from a pool of diverse and highly qualified candidates.”

UAS has a main campus in Juneau and satellite campuses in Ketchikan and Sitka; with about 2,000 students, 170 faculty, and 170 staff, it’s the smallest of the trio that includes the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

The five finalists will visit the campuses  in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka in late January and early February, and a final selection will be made after those visits, likely in the middle or end of February, Pitney said.


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James Brooks
James Brooks

James Brooks is a longtime Alaska reporter, having previously worked at the Anchorage Daily News, Juneau Empire, Kodiak Mirror and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he is married to Caitlyn Ellis, owns a house in Juneau and has a small sled dog named Barley. He can be contacted at [email protected]