The Fund welcomes Crazy Bull

Nov 6th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-2: The Future of the Tribal College Movement, Tribal College News
By Dina Horwedel

THE FUND’S NEW CEO. Former Northwest Indian College President Cheryl Crazy Bull is the new CEO and president of the Denver, CO-based American Indian College Fund. Photo by Ryan Wynne, public information officer, Northwest Indian College

After a nationwide search for candidates, the board of trustees of the American Indian College Fund (The Fund) has named Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota) as the new president and CEO of the organization. Crazy Bull’s Lakota name Wacinyanpi Win means “they depend on her.”

The Fund’s longtime president and CEO, Richard B. Williams (Lakota), retired on September 30, 2012. During Williams’s long and extraordinarily successful tenure, The Fund grew its endowment from $5 million to nearly $35 million and raised more than $220 million in scholarships and program support for American Indian students and tribal colleges. Following his retirement, Williams will continue to serve The Fund as a senior advisor.

Crazy Bull is the former president of Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, WA, and she has more than 30 years of experience in tribal education. Her extensive experience with the tribal college movement includes initiatives that support Native student success. She has also helped expand academic and workforce programming, community-based research, and intellectual capacity-building focused on leadership and tribal sovereignty. She has advanced the efforts of the tribal colleges to be more responsive to community opportunities and student needs. Crazy Bull has broad experience with building networks of support for tribal students and tribal education and with all aspects of fundraising. She also served as president of the board of directors for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

“The Board is delighted to have found a remarkable candidate for President, whom we believe has the drive and the qualifications to continue Mr. Williams’s remarkable achievements and to build upon them to create even more value for tribal colleges and the students they serve,” says Dr. Elmer Guy, chairman of The Fund’s board of trustees and president of Navajo Technical College (Crownpoint, NM). “We are confident that Dr. Crazy Bull is poised to take the American Indian College Fund to the next level of growth. We know our donors and the communities we serve are as excited about The Fund’s next chapter as we are.”

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