UAA Chancellor Case appoints interim provost

UAA Chancellor Tom Case has appointed Samuel Gingerich to serve as interim provost for UAA until a fulltime provost is hired.

Case sent a memo to UAA staff and faculty on Oct. 30, detailing Gingerich’s 30-year career in higher education. According to Case, Gingerich previously served as the System Vice President for Academic Affairs for the South Dakota Board of Regents for eight years. Gingerich has also served as the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Mississippi University for Women as well as Colorado Mesa University.

“With the incredible depth of experience that Gingerich has in higher education, I’m confident that he will be an incredible asset to UAA during this critical transition,” Case’s letter reads.

According to Case’s memo, Gingerich’s background is in chemistry, where he is an active researcher and contributor in the field. Gingerich received his masters of science in chemistry from Cornell University and received his Ph.D. from Montana State University.

Gingerich is scheduled to join the University of Alaska on Dec. 1 and will officially take his position on Jan. 1, 2015, until a new provost is hired in the spring. Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Bear Baker will retire on Dec. 31 and will work closely with Gingerich to ensure a smooth transition into his new post.