1) The layoffs of about 20% of its workforce
2) Dwindling freight and tourism operations
3) A decade without any significant capital project fulfillment
4) The biggest drop in morale among employees in the organization's 80-year-plus history
5) The building of the infamous railroad terminal to nowhere that may be the best example in Alaska history of mis-spent federal and state funds
6) Possible bankruptcy [hat tip to FNM commenter joeslankas]
has been chosen by the University of Alaska regents to succeed Gen. Mark Hamilton. Gen. Patrick Gamble has been announced to take Hamilton's place late this spring, as President of the University of Alaska system.
Reaching "for the stars" once to pick a general to head a university system may have been thinking "outside the box." Doing that twice in a row, though, isn't. The regents may have become prisoners of their schtick. Or worse. Passing over Dr. Lisa Rossbacher, President of Southern Polytechnic State University may have been one of the worst recent administrative decisions in Alaska history.
And if they knew something positive about Gamble, whose tenure as Air Force Academy Commandant was lackluster at best, the regents seem to have failed to convey that to students, faculty or the public at large.