University of Alaska system president Jim Johnsen may step down

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Jim Johnsen, the president of the University of Alaska (UA) system, may be stepping down from his position.

Johnsen expects an outcome for his consideration process by mid-June (Alex Bengel/KTVF)

In a message to the UA community on Tuesday, June 2nd, Johnsen revealed that he is currently a finalist under consideration for president of the University of Wisconsin (UW) system. If accepted, the job would relocated him to Madison, Wisconsin, which according to Johnsen would bring him geographically close to his family.

Johnsen also expressed his excitement for working at a larger university.

According to the UW website, Johnsen is currently the Presidential Search Committee’s first choice for the position. In his message, Johnsen said he expects a final outcome of his discussion process with UW to reach a final outcome by mid-June.

Johnsen could not be reached for comment this week due to a busy schedule, but is expected to provide more information next week.

Johnsen has served as the president of the UA system since 2015.

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