- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska Board of Regents has tapped a telecommunications executive as the sole finalist in the search for the UA system’s next president.

University officials announced Thursday that former UA executive Jim Johnsen will meet with university stakeholders over the next month before regents make a final decision after reviewing feedback.

Johnsen, currently an Alaska Communications senior vice president, would replace UA president Pat Gamble.

Gamble originally planned to retire June 1, but agreed to extend his resignation date until the end of August so candidates for his position could be properly vetted by the Board of Regents.

Officials say a search advisory committee had narrowed candidate recommendations to four, including one who withdrew his name. The board selected Johnsen after interviewing the remaining three candidates.

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