Regarding the Gary Gray appointment – seems like there would be a conflict of interest in having the athletic director appointed to the position of vice chancellor for UAF where he would oversee the admission of student athletes. Are there any plans to pass the duties of athletic director onto someone not in the chain of command for admissions?
The Interim Chancellor has addressed potential or perceived conflicts of interests by via a memo to Gary Gray and student affairs directors noting that the chancellor or his designee will review all issues related to athletics or athletes. Our academic accreditation and NCAA rules for athletic directors both require that admission rules, academic standards, degree requirements and financial aid criteria for athletes match those applied to other students.
— Carla Browning, Grapevine administrator