Bill Spindle, the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services for UAA, is leaving the school after 17 years. Bill has spent 35 years working in public organizations, as well as serving 25 years in the United States Air Force. He has an education doctorate in organizational leadership, as well as a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of science in engineering management.
Spindle described his position with UAA as, “in charge of the backbone of the university.”
Everything that the university needs to work, he is a part of. Facilities, Financial Services, University Police, Human Resources, Athletics and Information Technology — everything that is not academic or student affairs, he has a hand in.
“I love the job. I love the university, great university, and we’ve been able to do a lot of great things here to build the university into a top notch place,” Spindle said.
He had served as an adjunct professor up until about three or four years ago, and said that the people here are what he liked best about working for the university.
Spindle is leaving UAA to work at Texas A&M University as the Vice President for Business Affairs. He described it as very similar to his current position.
“The nature of helping a new university get their business processes set up properly,” Spindle said about what drew him to the position.
Spindle explained that he is at a time in his life where he and his wife are beginning to think about retiring but that he also has some “gas left in the tank” and that it was good timing for him and his family to accept this position with Texas A&M.
He also explained that he has grand children in the Lower 48 and they would like to see him a little more. He explained that he felt he was leaving UAA in great shape and that he had done everything that he wanted to do here.
Spindle specified that he really enjoyed working with students over the years. He said that he thought that UAA is a great university and went on to explain how he thought it was good how many things there are for students to do here, and that he thought the staff was outstanding as well.
“I just think this is a great place to go to school, and I’ve been proud to be part of it,” Spindle said.
Spindle was honored with a farewell celebration on Oct. 14 at the Alaska Airlines Center to celebrate his service to the university and wish him luck on his last day at UAA.