‘The presence of an athletic program on each campus helps to recruit and retain student’
FAIRBANKS – Today, a group of lawmakers sent a letter to University of Alaska leadership encouraging the preservation of athletic programs at both UAA and UAF, even as the university system grapples with consolidation.
The letter is addressed to Board of Regents Chair John Davies and President Jim Johnsen and is signed by members from across Alaska, including districts encompassing the universities in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
“The presence of an athletic program on each campus helps to recruit and retain students from diverse backgrounds, both within Alaska and from locations around the globe,” the letter states. “Many students, who might not otherwise experience Alaska, utilize athletic scholarships to take advantage of the opportunity to receive their four-year degrees at the University of Alaska. A significant number of these graduates remain in Alaska to pursue careers and raise families, providing a long-term benefit to our state.”
Attached is a copy of the full letter signed by Reps. Bart LeBon, Steve Thompson, Adam Wool, Ivy Spohnholz, Harriet Drummond, Matt Claman, Chris Tuck, Chuck Kopp, Sara Hannan, Andi Story, Dan Ortiz, and Bryce Edgmon.