David Gipp Elected New President Of Tribal College ConsortiumNov 15th, 1991 | By tcj | Category: 3-3: Math, Science and Medicine, Tribal College News
David Gipp, president of United Tribes Technical College, has been elected president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) for 1992.
The consortium of tribal colleges serves as the major focal point for areas of common interest and concern. Recently, the consortium has been active in telecommunication, curriculum development and joint fund-raising. Founded in 1972, AIHEC has been a significant force in the development of tribal higher education.
Gipp served as executive director of AIHEC from 1973 to 1977 when he left to assume the presidency at United Tribes. He has previously served as president of the board in 1979 and 1980. During his leadership, AIHEC gained the federal funding that is today essential for the survival of the colleges. Gipp said that his emphasis as president will be to focus on tribal college student opportunities and on higher education policy development for tribes and tribal colleges.
Gipp succeeds Dr. Joe McDonald, president of Salish Kootenai College of Montana. Other officers reelected for continuing terms included Dr. Jim Shanley, president of Fort Peck Community College in Montana, as vice-president; Thelma Thomas, president of Nebraska Indian Community College, as secretary; and Peggy Nagel, President of Stone Child Community College of Montana, as treasurer. Member at large is Dr. Lionel Bordeaux, president of Sinte Gleska College in South Dakota.