Pitney to serve as interim University of Alaska President until 2022

Pat Pitney, then the state’s budget director, answers questions during a press conference in Juneau in 2016. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)

The University of Alaska’s interim president will serve at least another year.

At a Friday meeting, the UA Board of Regents decided to extend Pat Pitney’s contract as interim president until the spring of 2022, when it will resume searching for a permanent president. The board cited the need for stability during ongoing budget cuts and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitney, a former budget director for Gov. Bill Walker, took over as the university system’s president in August after the previous president, Jim Johnsen, resigned.

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