Dr. Michael Sfraga

Michael Sfraga

Vice Chancellor for University and Student Advancement

Mike Sfraga earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a master's degree from Bowling Green State University in 1986, and UAF’s first Ph.D. in Northern Studies and Geography in 1997. Sfraga has worked for UAF and the University of Alaska System since 1985 in a broad range of administrative, academic and executive positions.

He currently serves as vice chancellor for University and Student Advancement. In this capacity Sfraga oversees a broad range of programs and services including admissions, alumni relations, athletics, career services, community and legislative affairs, development, disability services, DRAW  (Department of Recreation, Adventure, & Wellness), financial aid, health and counseling, international programs and initiatives, KUAC (public broadcasting television and radio), marketing and communications, orientation, public events, registrar’s office, residence life, student activities and organizations, Student Recreation Center, student recruitment, sustainability, veterans resource center, and the Wood Center Student Union.

Prior positions include vice chancellor for students; director and department chair, University of Alaska Geography Program; and associate dean for the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. At the University of Alaska System Office, Sfraga served in executive positions including director of program development and associate vice president.

Sfraga's areas of academic focus include arctic policy, polar geography, geographic exploration, and the history of field science. He is the author of Bradford Washburn: A Life of Exploration (2004), the biography of celebrated American explorer Bradford Washburn. Sfraga teaches senior-level courses including Polar Geography, Geography of the Pacific Rim, and the UA Geography program’s senior capstone course.

Sfraga is involved in several academic initiatives -- serving as co-founding director of the University of the Arctic’s Institute for Applied Circumpolar Policy (with partner institution Dartmouth College). He is a member of the editorial board of Polar Geography, and is a past editor of the Northern Review. Sfraga also served as Executive Secretary of the Arctic Institute of North America. Sfraga serves on numerous nonprofit boards including the 2014 Fairbanks Arctic Winter Games Host Committee, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce – Military Affairs Committee, the Institute of the North, the Fairbanks Community Hospital Advisory Board, and is a member of the Fairbanks Rotary Club. Sfraga is a past board member of the Alaska Geographic Association, the Alaska Center for Children and Adults, and served for many years as a board member and Chairman of the Denali Education Center.

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