Office of the Chancellor


鶹Ƶɰ汾 Chancellor Sean Parnell

鶹Ƶɰ汾 Chancellor Sean Parnell

Former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell began his role as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage on June 12, 2021.  Since his appointment in 2021, Chancellor Parnell has pursued key initiatives focusing on college affordability, student success, and positioning 鶹Ƶɰ汾 as a trusted community partner. The Chancellor works to advance 鶹Ƶɰ汾’s role as Alaska’s largest workforce provider, and the flagship university for health and Arctic public policy.

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Prior to becoming Chancellor, Parnell was an attorney practicing law in Alaska for twenty-five years. Parnell served as the 10th Governor of the State of Alaska from 2009-2014. His leadership expanded funding for education, helped combat domestic violence and sexual assault, and lifted Alaska to record economic prosperity and employment. The Chancellor previously served in the Alaska State Legislature, including two terms in the House and later in the Alaska State Senate where he was Co-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2006 and became Governor of Alaska in 2009.

Chancellor Parnell is a graduate of East Anchorage High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Seattle University School of Law.

The Chancellor and Sandy Parnell have lived in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley for more than 35 years, and are the proud parents of two daughters and four grandchildren.  


鶹Ƶɰ汾 2027

The 鶹Ƶɰ汾 2027 Strategic Plan sets forth who we are as a University and is our framework for student success. It clarifies our mission of life transformation through education.  Additionally, 鶹Ƶɰ汾 2027 establishes the values that shape our behaviors, decisions, and resource allocations, guiding our efforts to continuous improvement.  All of 鶹Ƶɰ汾's planning efforts align with 鶹Ƶɰ汾 2027.  The elements of 鶹Ƶɰ汾 2027 cascade throughout the academic and administrative units to align our efforts around the core competencies and maximize our shared contribution to student success.

鶹Ƶɰ汾 Caucus 

The 鶹Ƶɰ汾 Caucus was formed as a shared governance innovation. 鶹Ƶɰ汾 Caucus is a mechanism for collective conversation and advancing our goals as a University. We regularly bring together shared governance leaders from the Faculty Senate, US鶹Ƶɰ汾, and Staff Council with the Vice Chancellors and Chancellor for meaningful conversations. The formation of the 鶹Ƶɰ汾 Caucus was the Chancellor's direct response for better university-wide communication regarding decision-making.