University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced Wednesday the next chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

Dr. Cathy Sandeen will join the UAA family September 15, succeeding UAA Interim Chancellor Sam Gingerich. 

Sandeen currently serves as the chancellor for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The UAA Office of Public Affairs says Sandeen championed innovation and entrepreneurial programs, and oversaw a reorganization of both institutions, saving the system more than $8 million annually. 

Sandeen also formerly held leadership positions in the University of California systems, including UCLA, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. 

"In joining our leadership team, Cathy will bring a great perspective on engaging our faculty and staff on strategies to increase enrollment and student success,” Johnsen said. “My discussions with Cathy convinced me that she understands the range of issues facing UAA, and she is committed to supporting our faculty and engaging our alumni. I’m confident that she will quickly become part of the Anchorage community. UAA is a great university poised for growth in support of the higher education needs of our students, our region and our state.”

“I am honored to be appointed chancellor of a dynamic university that plays such a vital role in surrounding communities, the region and the state,”
Sandeen said. “During my visit, the optimistic and forward-looking spirit of the students, faculty, staff and community members I met impressed me deeply. I look forward to supporting UAA in making the leap to its next stage of distinction.”

Sandeen earned a master’s degree in broadcast communication from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Humboldt State University. She received her master of business administration from the University of California Los Angeles in 2005 and her doctorate in communication from the University of Utah in 1992.

Sandeen’s salary will be $300,000, which is a market competitive salary based on analysis of peer institutions.

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