ORI Director, CTC Dean named

Jeremia Schrock / Sun Star Reporter
June 3, 2011

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has filled two positions since the end of the spring semester and will soon be welcoming both a new Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UAF’s main campus and a new Dean at the Community and Technical College (CTC).

Nettie La Belle-Hamer was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and will serve as the director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) at UAF as well. ORI is responsible for overseeing all aspects of research at UAF, including both animal and human test subjects.

La Belle-Hamer is currently the Director of the Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) and will remain so. La Belle-Hamer earned both her M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1994) in space physics at UAF. La Belle-Hamer has been ASF’s director since 2002. She will step in to her new roles on July 1.

ASF is located in the Geophysical Institute and is responsible for downlinking, archiving, and distributing satellite data. ASF acts as a downlinking and tracking center and is currently supporting two satellites.

According to a press release from Vice Chancellor for Research Mark Meyer, La Belle-Hamer has been largely responsible for keeping ASF as a leader in the satellite data industry. “I believe that her demonstrated record of scientific and administrative leadership will serve all of us well as she embarks on this new role,” Meyer wrote.

La Belle-Hamer is replacing John Blake, the current ORI Director and Associate Vice Chancellor. Blake, who is also UAF’s attending veterinarian, created ORI 12 years ago. As veterinarian, Blake was responsible for performing the necropsy on the seven male muskoxen that died this past fall.

After a multi-year search, the Community Technical College hiring committee has selected Susan Whitener as the new CTC dean. Whitener has spent the past 25 years developing and running programs at several universities and colleges, most recently at West Hills Community College District (WHCCD). At WHCCD, Whitener was the Vice Chancellor of Educational Planning and was responsible for jobs such as supervising faculty, overseeing two libraries, directing the college’s online program, and managing the schools budget.

“She brings a wealth of experience in developing and managing programs at the community college level,” said Bernice Joesph, the Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education, in an email.

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