Office of the Chancellor


91Թ˵ijԹ Chancellor Sean Parnell

91Թ˵ijԹ Chancellor Sean Parnell

Former 91Թ˵ijԹ Governor Sean Parnell began his role as chancellor of the University of 91Թ˵ijԹ Anchorage on June 12, 2021.  Since his appointment in 2021, Chancellor Parnell has pursued key initiatives focusing on college affordability, student success, and positioning 91Թ˵ijԹ as a trusted community partner. The Chancellor works to advance 91Թ˵ijԹ’s role as 91Թ˵ijԹ’s largest workforce provider, and the flagship university for health and Arctic public policy.

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Prior to becoming Chancellor, Parnell was an attorney practicing law in 91Թ˵ijԹ for twenty-five years. Parnell served as the 10th Governor of the State of 91Թ˵ijԹ from 2009-2014. His leadership expanded funding for education, helped combat domestic violence and sexual assault, and lifted 91Թ˵ijԹ to record economic prosperity and employment. The Chancellor previously served in the 91Թ˵ijԹ State Legislature, including two terms in the House and later in the 91Թ˵ijԹ State Senate where he was Co-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2006 and became Governor of 91Թ˵ijԹ in 2009.

Chancellor Parnell is a graduate of East Anchorage High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Seattle University School of Law.

The Chancellor and Sandy Parnell have lived in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley for more than 35 years, and are the proud parents of two daughters and four grandchildren.  


91Թ˵ijԹ 2027

The 91Թ˵ijԹ 2027 Strategic Plan sets forth who we are as a University and is our framework for student success. It clarifies our mission of life transformation through education.  Additionally, 91Թ˵ijԹ 2027 establishes the values that shape our behaviors, decisions, and resource allocations, guiding our efforts to continuous improvement.  All of 91Թ˵ijԹ's planning efforts align with 91Թ˵ijԹ 2027.  The elements of 91Թ˵ijԹ 2027 cascade throughout the academic and administrative units to align our efforts around the core competencies and maximize our shared contribution to student success.

91Թ˵ijԹ Caucus 

The 91Թ˵ijԹ Caucus was formed as a shared governance innovation. 91Թ˵ijԹ Caucus is a mechanism for collective conversation and advancing our goals as a University. We regularly bring together shared governance leaders from the Faculty Senate, US91Թ˵ijԹ, and Staff Council with the Vice Chancellors and Chancellor for meaningful conversations. The formation of the 91Թ˵ijԹ Caucus was the Chancellor's direct response for better university-wide communication regarding decision-making.