Dana L. Thomas, UAF Interim Chancellor
Thomas was born and raised in Fairbanks, is an alum of UAF and was the statewide vice president of academic affairs and research from 2012 to 2014. He served six years as Chair of UAF's Department of Mathematics and Statistics. In 2005, Thomas received the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award for sustained excellence in teaching at UAF. From 2006 to 2012, Thomas served as UAF's Vice Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities asked him to serve as an institutional accreditation evaluator of other institutions. In addition to his distinguished career in teaching, Thomas is recognized for his interdisciplinary research on the design and analysis of studies assessing resource (food and habitat) selection by animals. His career also features contributions at the international level, including work for two years in the Republic of Yemen facilitating a national survey of agriculture and two years in the Sultanate of Oman improving their fisheries statistics operations.