UAF's Bristol Bay Campus to look for new director

Jan 24, 2018

Cynthia Rogers is no longer the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Bristol Bay Campus director.  Sarah Randolph-Andrew took over Tuesday as interim director while UAF searches for a permanent replacement.

University of Alaska's Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham
Credit Avery Lill/ KDLG

In the space of six weeks, the Bristol Bay Campus has lost both its director and assistant director. As of this week, Cynthia Rogers is no longer campus director. Assistant director Vivian Viar said that she was placed on administrative leave on December 14 and said two weeks ago that she was being forced to resign.

About a week after Viar says she was placed on leave, two letters were sent to UAF administrators, one from senior campus faculty and one from a member of the campus advisory council.

UAF Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education, Evon Peter, flew to Dillingham January 12. During the visit, Peter met with campus staff and stakeholders.

“Vice Chancellor Peter spoke with most of the employees at the Bristol Bay Campus over the course of the last week and a half,” said UAF spokesperson Marmian Grimes. “After considering all the information and input he heard, he decided it was in the best interest of the campus to go in a different direction with leadership.”

Sarah Randolph-Andrew took over Tuesday as interim campus director while UAF searches for a new, permanent director. Randolph-Andrew is also the director of BBC’s Adult Basic Education program.

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Correction: This story originally stated that Cynthia Rogers was "removed" from her position. That is inaccurate. According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rogers is "on leave and not expected to return." Further, the story originally stated that the Bristol Bay Campus advisory council sent a letter to UAF administrators. The letter was sent by a member of the advisory council. KDLG regrets the errors.