FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2011
Alaska Aerospace Corporation Announces Craig E. Campbell to Become President and Chief Operating Office
Dale Nash, Alaska Aerospace Corporation Chief Executive Officer announced today that former Lieutenant Governor Craig E. Campbell will become the President and Chief Operating Officer for Alaska Aerospace Corporation effective February 15, 2011. “I am pleased to have Craig join our team at AAC. He brings a wealth of state and federal government experience which will be invaluable as we pursue a more diversified business portfolio in aerospace across Alaska.” Mr. Nash commented.
Craig Campbell is replacing Mr. Tom Case, who has accepted a new position as Chancellor for the University of Alaska, Anchorage. “I want to thank Tom Case for his outstanding support and service to Alaska Aerospace Corporation. Under Tom’s leadership, AAC has achieved tremendous success in our launch capabilities. During the past three years, AAC has continued to mature from a development company into a significant national aerospace business. I know that the University of Alaska is gaining one of Alaska’s finest leaders.” Mr. Nash stated. . . [it continues, you can get the pdf here.]What's particularly interesting to me in this announcement is that it is dated January 31, the very same day of the memo sent out by UA President Gamble announcing Tom Case's appointment as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Craig Campbell's appointment couldn't have happened before they knew that Case was leaving. So, they must have known that Case was leaving before January 31. How long does it take to know there is an opening and to find a replacement? One day? Two? Eight?
Gamble had had one meeting - January 18 - of an assumed search committee for the Chancellor position. But already on November 23, 2010 he'd written a memo saying that national searches were expensive and hinting he might skip such a process. Participants in the meeting were asked to make a list of criteria for choosing a good Chancellor.
That meeting was eight working days before he announced the Case appointment. Had Gamble already chosen Case? Were the people at the Aerospace Corporation already contacting Campbell? Who all knew? When did they know? How long was Campbell in line for the Aerospace job?
From their website:
The Alaska Aerospace Corporation was established by the State of Alaska to develop a high technology aerospace industry in the state.Exactly what is the relationship between the Corporation and the State? How did they manage to hire someone so quickly? How do they select people? Clearly there was no search process there either. Is Craig Campbell really the best person in the United States to run the Alaska Aerospace Corporation? How much does this position get paid? You can see his qualifications at Wikipedia.
UA President Gamble was executive of the Alaska Railraod before becoming President of the University of Alaska. The Railroad is another independent corporation and it's owned by the State of Alaska.
Robert Caro won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Robert Moses, The Power Broker. Moses was pretty much the man who created public authorities in the US - government entities that were independent of public scrutiny and accountability. It appears that Alaskans ought to be checking on the various such organizations we have to be sure that there is proper oversight and that their hiring procedures are ones that insure we get the best possible people to run them.
This other posts on this topic:
The Alaska Military-Educational Complex: Gen. Tom Case to be New UAA Chancellor
UAA Faculty Senate Upset about Chancellor Appointment Process
UA President Apologizes to UAA Fauclty
Choosing a Chancellor: One Decision, Two Cultures