April 18, 2012 | Vol. 24 Edition 16

News briefs

UAA Chancellor visits PWSCC

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UAA Chancellor Tom Case visited PWSCC Tuesday, meeting with staff, students and the public to discuss future developments at the college.

Tom Case, Chancellor of UAA, visited Prince William Sound Community College last week and promised “significant community input,” in the university’s quest to hire a new president of the school after it abruptly dismissed Doug Desorcie from the post earlier this year. The statement came during a poorly attended public meeting at the college Tuesday, April 10. Case said UAA is in the process of hiring several other top posts in the university system and expects the process for the PWSCC presidency to take up to a year. Wes Lundberg, the school’s dean, was named as acting president after Desorcie’s dismissal. In further news, the college announced it hired Jed Palmer as interim dean of instruction. Palmer is the current curriculum coordinator for Chugachmiut and former principal of Tatitlek School. He will begin work at PWSCC Monday, April 24.

Valdez may get new senator

Valdez and the proposed new District 6, which includes Chickaloon in the Mat-Su Borough, will have an open senate seat up for grabs if the new voting map submitted by the Alaska Redistricting Board passes court scrutiny. Rep. Eric Feige will still represent Valdez in the legislature.

“We will have an open senate seat,” Sheri Pierce, city clerk and top Valdez election official, said Monday night during the Valdez City Council meeting.

The new maps must pass the scrutiny of the state’s Supreme Court and then a review by the Dept. of Justice. Candidates for statewide office and election officials are hoping the process will be completed before June 1, the deadline to file the needed paperwork to run for either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Reader Comments

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oldstone writes:

I hope the Valdez community sees this as an opportunity to bring new leadership to town that can and will make a difference in the economic infrastructure of this community and the Prince William Sound region. PWSCC is an important part of the fabric of Valdez and we that care about the quality of life and education of our youth need to enthusiastically support this new leadership search and do all that we can to find a best of class leader to join our community.