News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Stevens
For Immediate Release: June 22, 2020

State Senators Thank UA President Johnsen for His Service

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ANCHORAGE – Members of the Alaska Senate today issued the following statements after hearing news of University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen’s resignation.  

“I am grateful for the dedicated leadership of President Johnsen through the most trying times this state and the University of Alaska have faced,” said Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. “His commitment to a viable and excellent institution has been unrelenting. As a member of the Alaska Senate, and an alumna, he has my sincere gratitude.”

“President Johnsen has led the University of Alaska during the most tumultuous times it has experienced,” said Senator Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak. “He accomplished all that was asked of him with dignity, courage, inclusiveness and honor. It has been a pleasure working with him as chair of the Senate Education Committee. He responded to our concerns and questions quickly, honestly and respectfully. The problems he faced were not of his own making but a result of draconian cuts to the budget and the COVID-19 crises. President Johnsen has much to offer and will continue to be a leader in higher education for many years to come.”

For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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