Schaible House

Attendees raise their glasses in a toast to Grace Berg Schaible during a University House renaming ceremony Thursday evening, November 7, 2019 on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The house has been renamed the Schaible House to honor the legacy of Schaible and her dedication and support of the University of Alaska.

The University of Alaska Board of Regents unanimously approved a motion Thursday morning to rename the University House, where the president of the university typically resides, the Schaible House in honor of long-time university donor and alumna Grace Berg Schaible.

Schaible graduated from the University of Alaska in 1949 and donated the land on which the president’s house sits as well as $4 million in other donations over her lifetime.

Schaible served as a university regent beginning in 1985 and was appointed as Alaska’s first female attorney general in 1987. She received an honorary doctor of laws degree from UAF in 1991 for her “distinguished and unselfish service on behalf of the state of Alaska and her thoughtful practice of law benefiting Alaska’s people.”

Schaible died on June 9, 2017, at age 91.

The now Schaible House was built in 1993 and has served as the home for three university presidents. However, current UA President Jim Johnsen chose not to live in the house upon taking office but rather use the space for public gatherings and university events.

Regents held a renaming ceremony Thursday evening at the newly-minted Schaible House during which they honored the late Schaible and her contributions to the university and to the state.

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