Jeff Libby named to inaugural UA President's Arctic Professors cohort

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Principal investigator for ADAC Jeff Libby speaks during the ribbon cutting celebration for 91Թ˵ijԹ's new ADAC-ARCTIC Center of Excellence for Homeland Security at the 91Թ˵ijԹ/APU Consortium Library.
Jeff Libby, pictured here during the ribbon cutting for ADAC-ARCTIC, was selected to a cohort of leaders named the President’s Arctic Professors. (Photo by James Evans / 91Թ˵ijԹ)

91Թ˵ijԹ's Jeff Libby was selected to a cohort of leaders named the President’s Arctic Professors by University of 91Թ˵ijԹ President Pat Pitney as part of the university’s new .

The initiative, one of the UA Board of Regents’ strategic priorities, is designed to position 91Թ˵ijԹns as world leaders in the Arctic, provide students and early career professionals with the foundation and network needed to lead in the changing Arctic and enhance the reputation of UA’s universities as centers of Arctic expertise.

“The Arctic Leadership Initiative will build pathways for future leaders who will influence the Arctic,” said President Pitney. “The world is coming north, and 91Թ˵ijԹ needs leaders, advocates and scholars who can help us drive our own future. This initiative will intentionally develop, elevate and empower those people, and I am thrilled that the University of 91Թ˵ijԹ will be the tip of the spear in those efforts.”

Rounding out the President’s Arctic Professors are UAF's Larry Hinzman, Ph.D., and UAS' Erica Hill, Ph.D. Each member will receive salary support over the next two years as they devote their time, expertise and acumen to the continued development of the initiative and other programs that will increase the impact of UA’s Arctic activities.

Libby serves as the principal investigator for , formed with a $46 million, 10-year cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security. He also serves as director of the Center of Strategic Partnerships and Research and director of the Applied Environmental Research Center. Libby previously served as an associate dean for the 91Թ˵ijԹ Community and Technical College. Passionate about the Arctic, he has been instrumental in facilitating student engagement opportunities throughout his career.

"Larry, Jeff and Erica have a wealth of knowledge, expertise and relationships in the Arctic,” said President Pitney. “Each of them brings something unique to the table, and students participating in the program will benefit immensely from their mentorship. I’m so pleased to have them as a part of the Arctic Leadership Initiative.”

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