The folks who wrote the checks felt like Johnsen had done a pretty alright job.
The resignation comes a week after the union representing UA faculty called for his resignation.
During the interview process with Wisconsin, Johnsen was critical of Alaskans’ refusal to pay taxes.
Johnsen and the University of Wisconsin faced fierce opposition over Johnsen’s track record and how UW conducted the search process.
After Johnsen was named the lone finalist for the top job at the University of Wisconsin, several professor groups say the process should have been restarted.
Johnsen said he was nominated for the position, which would give him an opportunity to take over a larger system and be closer to family.
University officials say there’s plenty to be optimistic about even though cuts, restructuring and new revenue are on the horizon.
Consolidation isn’t a done deal, either.
Even more bad news for the University of Alaska today.
Facing a massive cut, the University of Alaska is moving ahead today with a declaration of financial exigency that will allow it to radically transform the university in a matter of weeks.