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New UAS Campus Director
By Bobbie McCreary


March 15, 2011
Tuesday AM

I just read Robert Warner's posting and I am sorry he did not take the opportunity to sit in on the community meetings where we were able to talk with and interview the two candidates for the Campus Director position. These meetings were open to the public and a diverse group of citizens did attend.

The candidates also met with the students and the staff in separate meetings and spent time to tour the community and connect with others here. All who participated in the interview process were invited to complete an evaluation form and share our opinions.

That being said, I am very impressed with how well informed Tony Mansueto was about the strengths and weaknesses of our community, our changing economy, the need for additional workforce development and collaborative efforts with the business community, the challenges of the distance learning programs, and more. He was also very open about his personal interests and commented how excited he, his wife and their adopted four year old daughter are to come to this pristine part of our country.

By the way, I have been on the University Advisory Council for a little over five years. This will be my last year as I have "termed out" and I know of no one on the council who has been there for 14 years. The chairperson is currently Judith McQuerry. The council also has community appointments from the Coast Guard, the Forest Service, the School District, the Borough Assembly, the City Council, the Hospital. I was invited to join the council by Karen Polley and no, we certainly did not sign a "loyalty oath."

Let's give this gentleman and his family a chance to show their stuff. I am optimistic.

Bobbie McCreary
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Member UAS Ketchikan Community Advisory Council; Volunteer, Administrator Ketchikan Youth Initiatives"

Received March 13, 2011 - Published March 15, 2011


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