Alaska regents extend contract for interim president

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has extended the contract for its interim president.

    The board last summer announced that Pat Pitney would take over as interim president Aug. 1, and stay at least a year in the position and up to 18 months.

    On Friday, the board announced a search for a permanent president would not begin until spring 2022 and that Pitney would remain as interim president until the permanent position is filled.

    The board in making the announcement cited in part funding uncertainties for the university system and a desire for stability.

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