Why not name a woman interim vice chancellor?

Question

In reading about the appointment of Gary Gray as interim vice chancellor for university and student advancement, I was truly surprised.

In a division that has a large workforce of women and whose departments are mainly chaired by women with extensive experience in student services, was there really no female candidate that could fill that role on an interim basis?

Response

Gary Gray’s appointment is one that both I and President Jim Johnsen approved. While Dr. Gray may not have direct experience in student services, he has many years of experience as a faculty member, academic leader and higher education administrator. His experience working directly with students, as well as leading large units in educational institutions, made him a good choice to serve in this interim role.

— UAF Interim Chancellor Dana Thomas