UTQIAĠVIK (Barrow), AK (August 16, 2019) – Iḷisaġvik College President Dr. Pearl Brower announced her resignation today. She will serve one more year at Iḷisaġvik College, ending her tenure as President in July of 2020.
Lillian Aanauraq Lane, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees said, “On behalf of the Iḷisaġvik College Board of Trustees we want to thank Dr. Pearl Brower, for her 12 years of service to Iḷisaġvik College, 7 of those as President. We are sorry to see President Brower depart the College, but we wish her all the best in this next chapter of her journey. President Brower has given her heart and soul to Iḷisaġvik. We as the Board are thankful for Dr. Brower’s leadership and are proud of the many accomplishments she and her team have achieved including: being named a top 10 community college in the nation (2016, 2017), adding the first 4-year bachelor’s degree to their program, offering a waiver of tuition for North Slope and Alaska Native Students, completing 9 clean audits, and facilitating the first steps in the design of a new Iḷisaġvik College campus—to just name a few. The board, students, and employees at Iḷisaġvik will miss her enthusiasm, dedication, and leadership.”
Dr. Brower added, “It has been my immense pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Iḷisaġvik College family for the past 12 years. Serving as president these past 7 years has been the highlight of my professional career. Working alongside our dedicated faculty and staff to serve the residents of the North Slope and the state of Alaska has been life- changing. I look forward to helping our Board and institution transition to new leadership. Iḷisaġvik will always be my home and I will always support growing our own local, Alaska Native leaders in our communities across the state to foster strong, locally controlled communities.”
When Brower departs the College next July she will have served the North Slope and the state of Alaska working for Iḷisaġvik College for almost 13 years, over 8 of those as President. The Board of Trustees intend to kick off their search for the new President in the Fall of 2019. It is their intent that Brower will continue to serve the College supporting the new President after July of 2020.
Iḷisaġvik College | Office of the President Malcolm Noble, Board Secretary