AIHEC Board of Directors Elects Officers for 2005

Feb 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 16-3: Indigenizing Education, Tribal College News

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Board of Directors elected Cheryl Crazy Bull to be the new president of the organization at a board meeting in Mesa, AZ, on Oct. 27.

In addition to Crazy Bull, the board elected four other members of the executive committee: Dr. Richard Littlebear is the new vice president; Dr. Jeff Hamley is the new secretary; Dr. Jim Shanley is the new treasurer; and Dr. Joe McDonald is the new member at large.

Crazy Bull has been president of Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, WA, since October 2002. A Sicangu Lakota woman and former vice president of Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Reservation, she has over 20 years experience in the tribal college movement.

Littlebear (Northern Cheyenne) has been president of Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, MT, since 1999 and has 8 years experience in the tribal college movement.

Hamley has been president of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Mount Pleasant, MI, since 2001. A member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe, he has been active in the tribal college movement for 10 years.

Shanley (Assiniboine) first became involved in the tribal college movement in 1971 and has been the president of Fort Peck Community College in Poplar, MT, since 1984.

McDonald is the founding president of Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, MT, which was established in 1978. A member of the Salish/Kootenai Tribes, he is the outgoing president of AIHEC.

In the 31-year history of AIHEC, at least three other women have served as president, Dr. Janine Pease (Crow), former president of Little Big Horn College in Montana; Phyllis Howard (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara), former president of Fort Berthold Community College in North Dakota; and Dr. Margarett Campbell (Assiniboine), former president of Fort Belknap College in Montana.

Chartered in 1973 by six tribal colleges, AIHEC now has 35 members. The board of directors is composed of the presidents of those 35 tribal colleges and universities. More than one-third (13) of those presidents are women. The organization’s headquarters is in Alexandria, VA.

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