As a life-long Alaskan and proud alumni of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, I am deeply concerned over the future success and viability of our state’s university system in light of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts.
Alaska does have a budget problem, and our island community is facing serious issues from any number of proposed cuts- potentially devastating cuts to our marine transportation system, K-12 education, public media, and the arts are just a few.
As our current budget crisis demonstrates, our state must diversify its sources of revenue and economic interests, and the University of Alaska is an important economic engine throughout our state. The university is a driver of Alaska’s economy and is a valuable tool for improving the state’s future. Alaska simply cannot afford to lose its only public higher education system, and further exacerbate our economic crisis.
The University of Alaska is a public trust and an investment in the future of Alaska. As a member of the UAF Alumni Association board, I believe that cuts to UA funding, if any, must be limited. UAFAA is asking our representatives in state government to stand up for all Alaskans by protecting the University of Alaska and to exhibit the leadership and values that we have entrusted in them as their constituents.
UAF Class of ’03 and ‘07