Movers & Shakers 07/10/16
Dr. Karen Carey joined the University of Alaska Southeast last week as provost. Carey earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from University of Cincinnati. She comes to UAS from the California State University Channel Islands, in Ventura, where she served as the dean of Arts & Sciences. In that role she was responsible for strategic planning and student learning as well as managing academic programs with more than 200 faculty. As UAS Provost, Dr. Carey collaborates with faculty to support the teaching, research, and service missions of UAS and also serves as the academic liaison with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and University to maintain UAS’ accreditation, and is responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable standards and reporting expectations. Chancellor Rick Caulfield selected Carey after a year-long national search process.
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has appointed Dana L. Thomas as interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Thomas will begin on Aug. 14, succeeding outgoing UAF Interim Chancellor Mike Powers, and will end his term on June 30, 2017. Johnsen nominated Thomas on June 6 after reviewing nearly a dozen applications. Thomas was born and raised in Fairbanks and is an alumnus of UAF. He was the statewide vice president of academic affairs and research from 2012-14. Thomas served six years as chair of UAF’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He is recognized for his interdisciplinary research on the design and analysis of studies assessing food and habitat selection by animals. In 2005, Thomas received the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award. From 2006-12, Thomas served as UAF’s vice provost and accreditation liaison officer.