FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Bernice Joseph has been chosen as the new executive dean of the College of Rural Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Marshall Lind announced Wednesday.
Joseph, a UAF alumna and former assistant professor, is currently deputy commissioner for the state Department of Community and Economic Development. She will take over the post at UAF in November, replacing interim dean Clara Johnson, who has been filling in since Ralph Gabrielli left in July.
As executive dean, Joseph will be responsible for oversight of rural campuses in Nome, Bethel, Dillingham and Kotzebue, as well as the Interior-Aleutians Campus and the Tanana Valley Campus.
The rural campuses have more than 2,000 students. Joseph will also oversees the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development, the Center for Distance Education and the Cooperative Extension Service.
''I am definitely excited,'' Joseph said. ''There is a good sense of commitment and a great team there that I am really looking forward to working with.''
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