March 5, 2021

Dear UAF faculty and staff,

I want to give you a brief update on athletics.

Peggy Keiper has decided to step down from her position as interim athletic director and will resume her faculty role. I appreciate her willingness to serve when asked and understand her desire to focus on her work as a faculty member.

Our search for a permanent athletic director is underway with the intention to have the position filled in June. I have asked UA Chief Human Resources Officer Steve Patin to serve as acting athletic director on a short-term basis. Starting today, he will handle day-to-day management of the department and work alongside our contracted expert in intercollegiate athletics.

I want to thank the staff, coaches, student-athletes and fans for their patience and commitment to Nanook athletics.

Thank you for choosing UAF.

— Chancellor Dan White

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