WETCC Names Terry Janis as PresidentAug 14th, 2014 | By tcj | Category: 26-1: Celebrating 25 Years, Tribal College News
The trustees of White Earth Tribal and Community College Council (WETCC, Mahnomen, MN) have named Terry Janis (Oglala Lakota) as the new college president. Originally from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Janis has worked and advocated for Native people for the past 20 years.
Prior to being named WETCC president, Janis served as the project manager for the White Earth Nation’s constitution reform process and as a program officer at the Indian Land Tenure Foundation in Little Canada, Minnesota. He holds an M.Ed. from Harvard and a J.D. from the University of Arizona. He has worked extensively on Native American and international Indigenous peoples’ education and human rights issues.
“It is with great honor and humility that I accept the presidency of White Earth Tribal and Community College,” declared Janis in a statement issued to the press. “WETCC is a strong institution with faculty and staff who are highly skilled and committed to providing the best college education for the people of White Earth. There have been struggles in the past year, but I have seen current faculty and staff overcome those struggles and maintain their focus and love for the students and community of White Earth. In the months and years ahead, we will build on this strength to make WETCC the strongest tribal and community college in the nation.”