UA picks Rogers as interim chancellor

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Another former Alaska legislator will head a major University of Alaska campus.

Brian Rogers on Friday was named interim chancellor at UA Fairbanks.

Rogers represented Fairbanks in the state house for four years as a Democrat. Former Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, who represented Juneau in the state House, is UA Anchorage's chancellor.

Rogers has a long involvement with the university, serving for eight years on the Board of Regents and working as vice president of finance from 1988 to 1995.

He is the principal consultant and chief financial officer at Information Insight Inc., a business he formed in 1996.

"Brian's background in management and finance at the statewide level and as a former regent and state lawmaker make him particularly well-suited for the interim chancellor position," said UA President Mark Hamilton in a press release.

Hamilton wants the interim chancellor to serve for two years, which would give the university time to conduct a national search for a permanent chancellor.

Former state Rep. John Davies was the other finalist for interim chancellor. Davies is the research director at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and president of the UAF Alumni Association board.

Rogers and Davies took part in forums with faculty, staff and students. Rogers said he received comments and questions ranging from his views on higher education to his qualifications.

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