Chancellor John Pugh couldn't say for sure how many years it's been since money has come into the University of Alaska Southeast for faculty.
He's only been connected to the Juneau campus for 13 years.
``It's the first time we've gotten money for new faculty since I've been here,'' Pugh said. ``It's a significant boost.''
The University of Alaska Southeast's share of the close to $13.8 million increase to the university's base budget for the 2001 fiscal year, will mean eight new Southeast teachers, two part-time faculty supervisors, and four administrative and support staffers, Pugh said.
The university has hired new teachers over the past dozen years, he said, but money was shifted around to allow for it. This year, he said, there's more money -- about $1.6 million total -- to staff and operate the Juneau campus.
UAS serves 600 full-time students and nearly 1,500 part-time students on its Juneau campus, which is currently home to 37 faculty.
The university's reach extends to Ketchikan and Sitka where another 120 full-time students and 1,350 part-time students are enrolled.
The increase in funding for the University of Alaska is being felt at the school's various campuses. In Fairbanks, up to 20 new professors are expected to be hired within the next eight months.
Along with money for operations at the Juneau campus, the Legislature approved $5.5 million to start work on a 16-classroom expansion of the school's library. Pugh said the plans for the new rooms need to be revised to meet today's building codes. He said bid packages need to be updated as well, and if all goes well construction could begin in the spring of 2001.