University of Alaska’s President Jim Johnsen came to Homer on Veterans Day to introduce himself to the community. Johnsen visited Homer High School, he met with Kenai Peninsula College students and faculty and he spoke at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Johnson also visited Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus last Tuesday. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler spoke with the Director of the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, Carol Swartz, about the visit.
Johnson's visit to the Kenai Peninsula follows the University of Alaska Board of Regents' decision to raise tuition by 5% in response to state budget cuts. The University of Alaska lost about $26 million to budget cuts for fiscal year 2016. More cuts are likely to follow for fiscal year 2017.