When Vicki Orazem, the vice provost for student success at the University of Alaska Southeast, speaks about keeping students in school, she draws on personal experience.
As a new college student straight out of high school, Orazem struggled to find direction before eventually dropping out.
"I felt that if I didn't know exactly what I wanted, I shouldn't be in school," she said.
She later went back to school, earning bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The focus of her studies was finding ways to prevent other students from going through what she had experienced.
Before moving to Juneau, Orazem led the freshman seminar program at Montana State University at Bozeman. She came to UAS to fill the newly created position at the invitation of Dean of Students Paul Kraft, who had been a colleague at Montana State.
She started her duties at UAS last August.
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