Maimon is first woman chancellor at UAA

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2004

Dr. Elaine Maimon is the University of Alaska Anchorage's first female chancellor. Selected last April to replace retiring Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch, Maimon will oversee directors of UAA and its community campuses, which include Kenai Peninsula College's Soldotna, Homer and Seward sites.

Maimon received bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served in teaching and administrative roles at Haverford College and Arcadia University, both in Pennsylvania, Brown University in Rhode Island and Queens College in New York. She has co-authored several books, directed national institutes under the National Endowment for the Humanities and earned a number of awards and recognition for her work. She has sat on numerous boards of directors, including those for Homeward Bound, the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the American Council on Education's Commission for Women in Higher Education and Women's Network.

Most recently, she worked as provost of Arizona State University West and vice president of the entire Arizona State University system. She was recruited to apply for the UAA chancellor position last year and interviewed with University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton last spring in Soldotna.

Maimon and her husband, Dr. Mort Maimon, have two children: Gillian, a first-grade teacher and Ph.D. candidate in Philadelphia, and Alan, a journalist for the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal.

Maimon and her family have vacationed in Alaska several times, and she said she is looking forward to the opportunity to live in the state. She said she appreciates the university's community campus system, which links smaller campuses throughout the state to larger campuses in key cities, and hopes to strengthen bridges between all the region's campuses.

Among her first initiatives as chancellor is a voter registration drive for students and a push to increase civic education and responsibility as a cornerstone of UAA education.

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