University of Alaska head directs chancellors on budget talk

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The University of Alaska system president has instructed chancellors to support the public statements by the president and Board of Regents regarding budget issues.

KTUU-TV reported Wednesday that President Jim Johnsen sent a memo to the three university chancellors instructing them on how public communications should be made during budget discussions.

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $135 million from the university system’s budget in June.

The February 18 memo obtained by KTUU says statements by the Anchorage, Fairbanks and Southeast chancellors must be coordinated and “reviewed and approved by the president.”

An administration spokesperson confirms the memo was sent by Johnsen and says it is logical for him to oversee communications.

The official says while there may be three separately accredited universities, the system is a single legal entity.

Information from: KTUU-TV,