University president Hamilton hospitalized

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton was hospitalized in Fairbanks for an undisclosed ailment.

University spokesman Bob Miller said only that Hamilton, 57, was ''experiencing some discomfort'' when an ambulance was called to his home at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday night.

He was in stable condition at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Thursday, said hospital assistant administrator Karl Sanford.

''He is just under observation and undergoing testing,'' Sandord said.

Neither the hospital nor the university would release any further information.

''I have talked to both President Hamilton and his wife and they really don't want to talk to the media directly,'' Sanford said. ''We have been asked by them to wait until we get the results of the tests.''

''Everyone knows what the situation is and the university is continuing to function as usual,'' he added.

Hamilton, a retired Army major general, took his post as president of the UA system in 1998 after a 31-year military career.

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