David Archambault Named Executive Director of American Indian College FundAug 15th, 1991 | By tcj | Category: 3-2: The Persistence of Native Peoples, Tribal College News
David Archambault, president of Standing Rock College in Fort Yates, North Dakota, has been named executive director of the American Indian College Fund. The American Indian College Fund is a nonprofit organization that raises money from the private sector to support 26 tribal colleges located on or near reservations across the United States.
Archambault’s appointment marks the adoption of a policy by the Fund to rotate the position of executive director among tribal college presidents.
“The naming of a tribal college president to lead the American Indian College Fund is a new approach in the fund’s management and an exciting step in its evolution,” said James Tutt, president of the organization’s board of trustees. “David Archambault brings to this position his traditional values and years of experience as an educator and institution builder.”
Barbara Bratone, who has been acting director of the fund since 1989, will continue as director of administration.
Mr. Archambault is on leave from his position at Standing Rock College, a tribally controlled college where he has been president since 1987. During his tenure there, he closed a budget deficit he inherited, guided the college from self-study to the granting of five-year accreditation last spring, strengthened academic programs and secured funds for expanding the college’s library. Currently, 60 percent of the graduates of the two-year college go on to pursue further studies.
The American Indian College Fund was established in 1987 by the presidents of tribal colleges. Staffed and fully operating only since September 1989, it has enlisted the support of numerous foundations and corporations. Funds raised by the American Indian College Fund are distributed to tribal colleges for student scholarships and other developmental needs.