Pugh in top three finalists for UA president

Candidates to begin campus tour today

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2010

ANCHORAGE - John Pugh, chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast, is among three finalists announced Sunday to replace outgoing University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton.

The UA Board of Regents said the other two finalists are Pat Gamble, president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Railroad Corp., and Lisa A. Rossbacher, president of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga.

Today, the finalists will begin a tour of the UA system's three largest campuses in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau.

Regents Chairwoman Cynthia Henry of Fairbanks said the board received solid applications from in and outside the state.

The board wants to hear from the public on the finalists, she said.

Gamble has been CEO of the state-owned railroad since 2001. Like Hamilton, he has a military background. Gamble is a retired four-star Air Force general.

Pugh is a former state Health and Social Services Department commissioner. He worked as the dean of faculty, education, liberal arts and sciences at UAS and has been chancellor since 1999.

Rossbacher has been president of Southern Polytechnic State University since 1998. She's also a professor of geology.

On their tour, the finalists will have the chance to meet students, faculty, staff and community members.

Visits will begin today in Fairbanks, followed by University of Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday and UAS on Wednesday.

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