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Dr. Thomas Krise takes the helm as UOG's 11th president

Posted: Aug 08, 2018 4:09 PM Updated:

Leading the University of Guam into the future, Dr. Thomas Krise has officially started his first week as the institution of higher learning's eleventh president. After a somewhat controversial selection, in a pool of 60 applicants, he was selected for the top spot over some local nominees.

It's the warm welcome to Guam that left an impression on Dr. Krise. The former President of Pacific Lutheran University, served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force. During his first visit to campus, his plans for the University included increasing the number of Veteran students, expanding Chamorro studies, more sustainability science courses, and expanding graduate programs.

Now, looking forward to continue UOG's mission to serve as a regional leader in Micronesia, he opened with, "I should emphasize that education is a long game - excellence takes time, investment of resources and people and expertise and steadiness of support is really important. The reading really tells me that this institution has done tremendous work on issues particularly related to people and to the idea of islands, this island but also the islands of Micronesia."

Though not from Micronesia, he believes his background living in the Virgin Islands lends a hand to understand Guam's unique island culture.

Dr. Krise is eager to work with campus leaders, like Vice President Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, the only local finalist in the top four. He said, "I've been an internal candidate passed over for an external candidate myself so I know exactly how that is. She's a very accomplished academic administrator and I look forward to working with her."

Working through challenges head-on, in fact, such as the current budget crisis, and potential budget shortfall for UOG. With an increase in enrollment, from last year's 700 new Tritons to over 900 students in this year's freshmen class, Dr. Krise says finance is a major issue he hopes to address to ensure student success.

"One important thing is to make sure we're getting every possible grant," he added. "Every institution has money left on the table I think more investment and attention to getting all the resources we can is very important."

Dr. Krise adds that continuing momentum for current programs such as the "Good to Great" initiative is key.

Dr. Robert Underwood is staying on board until August 25 to help President Krise's transition.

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