When the University of Alaska Southeast lets out for the summer in May 2015, for Chancellor John Pugh, school’s out forever. Pugh will retire after 28 years with the university and 45 years of public service.
After serving as a commissioner under Gov. Bill Sheffield, Pugh was brought on in 1986 under a special contract to help make decisions about reductions as the university faced harsh budget cuts.
“UAS was in its infancy,” Pugh said. “We tried to protect the programs, … (cutting them) would have been disastrous.”