UAS merger study rescinded by Regents

    University of Alaska Regent Dale Anderson of Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Board of Regents has voted to rescind its action of June 4 calling for a study to explore merging the University of Alaska Southeast with the school in Fairbanks.

    A modified resolution introduced and amended Wednesday calls for reviewing structural options with an aim at reducing costs to deal with upcoming budget deficits.

    Regent Dale Anderson of Juneau, who proposed the June 4 resolution supported the new proposal and rescinding the previous action.  "UAS is out of the picture as an individual named in this motion," he said. Anderson added, "So we're looking at the total UA system from top to bottom, side to side. But there's no particular activity involved in a merger proposal or merger idea."

    Following approval of the modified and amended resolution, Regent  Darroll Hargraves moved to rescind the June 4 resolution.  The vote to rescind was approved unanimously 9 to zero.

    Interim UAS Chancellor Karen Carey is thrilled with the decision and believes everyone at UAS is thrilled.  "We have great relief that this has been taken off the table.  We know we have budget cuts.  We know we're going to have to look at where we can make increased cuts, but we can do it.  We've done it before at UAS and we can do it again.  We're just feeling really, really positive right now, and looking forward to the school year starting on the 24th.

    And Carey adds that it gets the target off of the back of UAS


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