UA President Pat Gamble Asks Regents To Review Retention Incentive

Pat Gamble.
Pat Gamble.

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has requested the Board of Regents review a $320,000 retention incentive the board approved for him in June.

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The request comes amid a surge of public criticism as the university works to address budgetary issues as state funding decreases.

Kate Ripley is the public affairs director for the University of Alaska.

“I think it just felt like the 800-pound gorilla in the room. He just thought that he needed to talk about it,” she said. “And he has told the board, ‘I would like you guys to consider this, because I think that there’s a lot of negativity going on right now, right at a time when we really need everybody to pull together.'”

The retention incentive would be awarded at the end of Gamble’s three-year contract in May of 2016.

The Board of Regents is expected to address the request at a Sept. 8 meeting in Anchorage.

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