University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen appears at a forum in Juneau in 2018. (Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

The leader of Alaska’s public university system is resigning from his job.

The announcement from the University of Alaska Board of Regents follows blowback around President Jim Johnsen’s unsuccessful effort to get a new job leading Wisconsin’s university system.

Sheri Buretta, the chair of the board, announced Johnsen’s resignation during an emergency board meeting Monday afternoon, following a 45-minute executive session.

“The decision regarding a change in leadership was mutual and was made after considerable reflection by the board,” Buretta said in brief public remarks.

Johnsen was selected as president of Alaska’s public university system in 2015. He led it through years of budget cuts imposed by

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