Emeriti recipient

Dr. Ralph Gabrielli

Associate Professor of Rural Development, Emeritus

Dr. Ralph Gabrielli has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction in teaching, research and public service from 1980 to 2012.

Throughout his thirty years of service to the University, he has been a strong and fervent advocate for higher education in rural Alaska. He is known for always putting students and community members first, and his tireless efforts have often gone unnoticed because of his humility and avoidance of the spotlight.

Dr. Gabrielli’s career at UAF began at the Northwest Campus in Nome, where he taught a variety of courses on topics ranging from early childhood education to English. He served in other capacities at the Campus, including Dean of Student Services and College Development, Associate Professor of education, and Development Officer. He is credited with playing a tremendous role in the growth of the campus.

After leaving the Northwest Campus, he became the Associate Dean and, later, the Executive Dean, of the College of Rural Alaska, now the College of Rural and Community Development. He established a firm administrative foundation for the College and paved the way for rural and community education to be an integral part of the University mission. More recently, he has worked as a faculty member to expand the rural development graduate program.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks expresses its deep appreciation to Dr. Ralph Gabrielli for his extensive contributions to both the State of Alaska and the University.

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