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Sarah Randolf-Andrew takes the helm as new Bristol Bay Campus director

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

After running the Adult Basic Education and GED program for five years, Randolf-Andrew is now the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus director.


The UAF Bristol Bay Campus started its fall semester this week with a new director, Sarah Randolph-Andrew. She has been acting director since January and became the director officially in July. She has a long professional history at the campus.

For the past five years, Randolph-Andrew ran the Adult Basic Education and GED program. Now she hopes to build on the strong legacy of learning facilities and partnerships with local organizations.

“We have a good strong team working at the campus who knows the region," she said, "A lot of us are students as well. And so we see the institution from both sides. Also, a lot of us have been instructors, so when you have that well-rounded understanding of how an institution works, and what some of the challenges and opportunities are, it really helps to make for some good planning and good problem solving.”

Randolph-Andrew said the campus will continue to support the community by promoting local education.  

“We had a mushrooms class that was very popular," she said, listing a few of the short courses the university held during the summer. "We have a class that Bristol Bay Native Association is putting on right now for some of their workers. We’ve had an OSHA class for the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation. We really respond to local organization’s requests for training and classes. So, we’re busy all year round, really.”

Looking to the fall, UAF Bristol Bay will be involved with events for Indigenous Peoples Day in October.  

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Izzy Ross is the news director at KDLG, the NPR member station in Dillingham. She reports, edits, and hosts stories from around the Bristol Bay region, and collaborates with other radio stations across the state.