University of Alaska President releases video reflecting on his actions
University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has released a video acknowledging his role in what he calls a ‘breakdown in unity’ across the university system. Johnsen issued the video statement on October ninth, after the latest Board of Regents meeting in response to the University of Alaska Anchorage Faculty Senate no-confidence resolution issued last week.
Johnsen says he has had time to think and reflect about his actions about ‘how things have fractured’.
He first stated he remained in ‘crisis mode’ over the spring and summer resulting from a $70 million budget cut by Governor Mike Dunleavy and did not adjust to the new realities of the university system.
Said Johnsen in the video, "I think I also learned that I needed to empower more people across our university system to be more inclusive, while that was a hard thing to do while we were facing the big budget acts. After the agreement there was an opportunity I think to reach out and involve more people."
Johnsen also stated that leaders often step up in times of crisis to develop approaches and plans but he quoted, "No one person, including me, has all the answers."