University of Alaska’s Chancellor Tom Case announced Fugleberg’s selection for director of Kodiak College, part of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
He started his job this week to replace Barbara Bolson who retires on June 30.
“My immediate goals at the college are to talk with the faculty and staff, to get out in the community and to visit with our advisory council… while at the same time keeping in mind that everything we do has to be right in alignment with the greater vision of the University of Alaska and shaping Alaska’s future,” Fugleberg, 56, told the Mirror.
Fugleberg also reports that budgetary constraints will not cause any staff reductions over the next year.
“Funding is an issue across the entire University of Alaska system and it will affect Kodiak. We’re going to have to be visiting what can we do to reduce our budget,” he said.
He added that more than $119,000 needs to be cut from the school budget this year and roughly the same amount for the year after that, but believes that spending can be reduced without cutting staff.
“I don’t see (a staff reduction) happening at this point in time on our campus. It’s just a matter of tightening up in other areas and at this point I don’t see where that’s going to be an issue for us,” Fugleberg said.
He targets travel as an area for budget cuts.
“We’re going to be looking closely at eliminating travel and using travel and using teleconferencing, for example, instead of traveling to Anchorage and other places whenever possible to participate in meetings,” he said.
The university’s leadership wants to visit all of the communities in Alaska and to further develop the delivery of education training services, Fugleberg added.
The university’s vision includes honing student achievement, partnerships with Alaska’s schools, partnerships with public and private entities, research and development, scholarship on Alaska’s communities and economic growth, and accountability to the people of Alaska.
“We’re just now beginning conversations about how this is going to happen,” he said.
One of his long-term goals is to develop a viable vessel maintenance and repair program at the school.
“This is a critical area right in the Kodiak region that’s been identified,” he said.
Fugleberg served as the assistant director for Academic Affairs and as an assistant professor at Kodiak College since 2011. He was the most local candidate from the group of finalists in a national search. The other finalists, Lee “Rusty” Waller and Michael Gunn hailed from Texas and South Dakota, respectively. Fugleberg came up through the University of Montana but has worked as assistant director at Kodiak College since 2011.
Prior, Fugleberg held several progressively responsible positions at the University of Montana. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration from University of Montana.
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