AIHEC Seminar Assists College Board Members

Aug 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 16-1: Sovereignty in Indian Country, Tribal College News

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) sponsored a seminar on governing tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) for members of the board of directors/regents for these colleges. Dr. Perry Horse, a former tribal college president, discussed the role and responsibilities of board members.

A total of 30 board members and two presidents from 11 tribal colleges learned about the art of trusteeship and the fundamental principles of governance. In addition, Horse provided an overview of the functional, legal, and moral obligations of board members and the competencies that contribute to effective boards.

A long-time student of trusteeship beginning in the 1980s, Horse has provided board training and other technical expertise to a number of tribal colleges throughout the country as well as other non-profit organizations. Since 1999, he has served as a member of the Albuquerque Academy Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from the University of Arizona.

In response to the tribal colleges’ and universities’ requests for technical assistance with board training, AIHEC provided the training in conjunction with the spring board meeting and conference in Billings. More training will be developed in the future. “While the seminar provided an excellent foundation for the basics in board responsibilities, it cannot take the place of board training for each tribal college board,” according to Dr. Deborah His Horse is Thunder, director of AIHEC’s membership services division.

Her division will continue to develop seminars and symposia to address the technical assistance needs of the tribal colleges and universities. The goal is to provide high quality training at a minimal cost to the colleges.

For further information, contact Deborah His Horse is Thunder at AIHEC, dhishorseisthunder@aihec.org.

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