Nov. 10, 2012
To the editor:
On June 8, 2009, your paper ran an editorial praising Hamilton’s tenure at the University of Alaska, which improved the institution. There was much to praise. Hamilton had been an effective leader who had been able to pull the UA system out of its financial troubles.
I was a faculty member when the board of regents selected him as president. I and many of my colleagues were more than dubious about the wisdom of choosing a retired major general. We were pleasantly surprised. The new president was dynamic, an excellent manager and a staunch defender of academic freedom.
I, and others, am mightily disillusioned that Hamilton in his retirement has become one of the major mouthpieces of the oil industry. He advocates the $2 billion gift to the industry to the detriment of all Alaskans.
The state’s resources are to be developed for the benefit of all of us and not solely for the oil industry.