FBCC Names Twyla Baker-Demaray as Next PresidentOct 28th, 2014 | By tcj | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
The board of regents at Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC) has selected Dr. Twyla Baker-Demaray as the college’s next president. She is the school’s seventh president and succeeds Mr. Russell Mason Jr. who retired last spring.
Dr. Baker-Demaray is an enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. She is an alumnus of FBCC, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental geology and technology, a Master of Science degree in education, and a Ph.D. in teaching and learning research methodology. Prior to her appointment as president of FBCC, Dr. Baker-Demaray served as director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the University of North Dakota before taking a position as vice president of student services at FBCC.
From student to president, Baker-Demaray completed the circle when the late Alyce Spotted Bear, former vice president of Indian studies at FBCC, recently contacted her. Spotted Bear asked if Baker-Demaray would be interested in returning to the college to serve as the dean of students. Citing her response as “one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” Baker-Demaray returned home to the Fort Berthold reservation.
“Many leaders of our people have gotten their start [at FBCC],” Baker-Demaray stated. “The home-like atmosphere, the personal service and helpful attitudes make all the difference for students struggling to gain footing in an unsure and intimidating world. . . . [At FBCC] there is always, always someone willing to help. There is always someone willing to go above and beyond. There is always someone who cares.”