Dr. Michael Sfraga

Vice Chancellor for University and Student AdvancementDr. Michael Sfraga

Mike Sfraga earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1984, a master's degree from Bowling Green State University in 1986, and UAF’s first PhD 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 and is professor of arctic policy in the School of Natural Resources and Extension.

As vice chancellor, Sfraga oversees a broad range of programs, including student admissions and recruitment, alumni relations, athletics, career services, community and legislative affairs, development, disability services, DRAW (Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness), financial aid, health and counseling, international programs and initiatives, KUAC public television and radio, university relations, orientation, public events, registrar’s office, residence life, student activities and organizations, sustainability, veterans services, and the Wood Center student union.

Prior positions include UAF vice chancellor for students, director of the UA Geography Program, chair of the UAF Geography Department, and associate dean of UAF’s School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Science. At the UA 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.

He is a co-founding director of the University of the Arctic’s Institute for Arctic Policy (with partner institution Dartmouth College) and serves on the board of the Institute of the North. He is a member of the editorial board of Polar Geography. He is an advisory editor of the Northern Review and former executive secretary of the Arctic Institute of North America.

Sfraga serves on the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee. He 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, the Fairbanks 2014 Arctic Winter Games Host Society and the Denali Education Center.

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