• 6,112 Hours...

    03 May 2017

    We’re hard at work, and we wanted to let you know.

    First, marshaling our powers of arithmetic and educated estimation, and through a system of time accounting implemented last year, we have ballparked that our core team has invested approximately…

    6,112 hours towards moving Outer Coast to reality.

    We’re proud of this number. And of course, every hour has been matched by you and other friends and supporters with additional time, financial generosity, expertise, introductions, and encouragement. Thank you, all. We think it speaks to the magnitude of our commitment and the ambition of this idea.

    These inputs are creating progress.

    Terrell and Cecilia at the ferry terminal

    Terrell and Cecilia getting ready to board the M/V Malaspina (at 2:14 a.m.) to head back to Sitka from Juneau. They were in Juneau to work with Jonathan in person and meet up with key Outer Coast collaborators.


  • Sitka Winter Fellows – Outer Coast Position

    12 March 2017


    The Outer Coast team has been hard at work planning for the next program year. We have begun to map out a more robust staffing plan and organizational structure and are currently seeking someone who is eager to innovate on the cutting edge of higher education to join the team as a Sitka Winter Fellow beginning this fall.

    If you are interested in this position or know someone who would be a great fit, please pass along the position description found here. We are asking applicants to submit a resume and statement of purpose by March 24, 2017. If there are any questions regarding the application, please direct them to Cecilia at


  • Uber Eckholm and the Year Ahead

    20 January 2017

    Happy New Year!

    The Outer Coast team has enjoyed a productive couple of months. The core team gathered in New York City for a three day Uber Eckholm — we refer to our bi-monthly core team meetings as Eckholms, in reference to a cluster of islands in the Sitka Sound. At the Uber Eckholm, we had the opportunity to all be in the same room at 246 Greene Street, New York University, for a three-day-long convening.


    The principal team at work in NYC.


  • Past two months of progress; contributing to the future

    01 June 2016

    Musicals are complex creative products. You need a librettist, a director, a choreographer, a composer, a producer. A diverse team with disparate expertise working together to make the whole production sparkle.

    The same is true of Outer Coast, especially as we look back on the last two-plus months of progress. It’s a team effort. A medley of amazing people across Alaska, the U.S., and the world, working together to make real a new institution of higher learning that scintillates with creative, intellectual, and entrepreneurial energy.


    Photo credit: the inimitable Berett Wilber

    We want to showcase our own choreographers, lyricists, producers, etc., along with a sampling of their wonderful creations.


  • Building blocks for a college

    31 March 2016

    When we embarked on this project of creating a college, the process was almost more mysterious than the goal we were working towards. There’s no handbook on creating a college. Figuring out how to do it has been half the adventure, and we’re excited to share some of that progress with you.

    As we’ve marched forward we’ve identified discrete Lego blocks needed to build a college. There are many, but the most important are (in alphabetical order, because they’re all important):

    • accreditation
    • building a budget
    • campus (for us: Sheldon Jackson Campus and partnership with Sitka Fine Arts Camp)
    • curriculum, academics, and pedagogy
    • fundraising
    • recruitment, admissions, and building relationships with our future students


  • Outer Coast peers into the New Year, and looks back on recent past

    29 December 2015

    Good evening from beautiful Sitka, Alaska!

    Skiff in the mist

    (Photo by the estimable photographic talent, Berett Wilber.)​

    Outer Coast in the news

    In the last month, Inside Higher Ed, the Sitka Sentinel, and the state paper-of-record Alaska Dispatch News have covered Outer Coast. Stray mentions are cropping up in parts of the blogosphere. We’re tickled every time a Google Alert sprouts in our inbox.


  • Blueprint for a college

    19 November 2015

    Last week, on November 11 and 12, more than a dozen creative, entrepreneurial, idealistic minds from across the country gathered in the Del Shirley room of Allen Hall, the heart of Sitka’s Sheldon Jackson Campus.

    Will, Javier, and Jonathan presented the foundational documents for Outer Coast they had prepared over the preceding two months: a detailed draft budget and what we are calling a “college blueprint” — a comprehensive blend of student handbook and operations plan.

    Our band of inspired collaborators interrogated every sentence of these documents, further invigorating the vision of the school and strengthening and deepening the detail of our plans.

    We are excited to share this college blueprint in the coming weeks. We are also excited to share a shot of last week’s gathering, taken by the inimitable James Poulson:

    Outer Coast meeting in Del Shirley room in Allen Hall


  • Outer Coast in Sitka, Alaska

    23 October 2015

    We are creating an institution of higher learning in Sitka, Alaska.

    “We” is an inclusive pronoun. The principal collaborators are Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Will Hunt, and Javier Botero. We’ve been working on the project for a little more than a year.