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Sfraga to serve as new vice chancellor for students

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

11/24/09

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University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers has named Mike Sfraga UAF's new vice chancellor for students.

Sfraga is currently the director of the UA Geography Program and associate dean of the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. As vice chancellor, he will oversee a broad range of departments that serve UAF's students, including admissions, the registrar's office, financial aid, student activities and residence life.

"Dr. Sfraga has the background and experience UAF needs to build its reputation as a student-focused research university," Rogers said. "Mike has shown that he takes the 'for students' part of the new title seriously."

Sfraga's career at the university has spanned nearly 25 years. During that time, he has served in a variety of student services and academic positions, from his first job at UAF as a residence hall director to associate vice president for student and enrollment services at UA statewide. He assumed his current duties in 2005.

Sfraga earned his bachelor's degree and a doctoral degree in geography and Northern Studies from UAF. He also holds a master's degree from Bowling Green State University.

Sfraga said he hopes to provide a supportive and responsive atmosphere for students.

"I am honored to lead a division of committed professionals who work hard each day to foster a student-centered university," Sfraga said. "I'm excited and motivated to be a part of this institutional commitment."

Sfraga replaces Tim Barnett, who left UAF in June to take a position as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Jake Poole, vice chancellor for advancement, has filled the position in the interim. Sfraga will start his new job on Jan. 1.

CONTACT: Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, at 907-474-7902 or via e-mail at marmian.grimes@alaska.edu. Mike Sfraga, SNRAS associate dean, at 907-474-7494 or via e-mail at mike.sfraga@alaska.edu.

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