The University of Alaska Board of Regents named candidates for interim president of the UA system Friday. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

The University of Alaska Board of Regents named candidates for interim president of the UA system Friday. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire File)

Board of Regents announced interim president candidates

Legislative Finance Director Pat Pitney under consideration

The University of Alaska Board of Regents announced Friday morning five candidates under consideration for interim president of the University of Alaska system.

One of the candidates is Director of the Legislative Finance Division and Juneau resident Pat Pitney.

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In a teleconference meeting, regents announced the names of the candidates before going into a closed executive session to interview the first candidate. Remaining candidates would be interviewed Friday morning and afternoon, and finished Monday, according to the university.

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Current Director of the Legislative Finance Division Pat Pitney is under consideration for the role of interim president of the University of Alaska system following the resignation of President Jim Johnsen last month. (Courtesy photo | University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Current Director of the Legislative Finance Division Pat Pitney is under consideration for the role of interim president of the University of Alaska system following the resignation of President Jim Johnsen last month. (Courtesy photo | University of Alaska Fairbanks)

The four other candidates are former University of Alaska Fairbanks interim chancellor Dana Thomas; UA Acting System President Michelle Rizk; UAF Chancellor Daniel White and UA Anchorage Chancellor Cathey Sandeen.

“Pitney spent 23 years with the University of Alaska as UAF vice chancellor and at UA Statewide for 17 years,” athe UA webpage dedicated to the search for an interim president says. In 1984, Pitney won a gold medal in the air rifle Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

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Pitney could not immediately be reached for comment.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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