A Heartfelt Thank You to the Leaders of TCUs

May 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: 26-4: Tribal College Governance
By Rachael Marchbanks

“True leaders must rise above themselves and the positions they hold.” – Joseph M. Marshall III

Good governance happens when there is good leadership, and such leaders abound at tribal colleges and universities. Ask anyone at a TCU and he or she can tell you about an inspiring professor, an influential student, an experienced elder, or a dedicated administrator who changes lives on a daily basis. Here at the Tribal College Journal, we are fortunate to meet and write about such folks. Whether it is a student or a president, these leaders exhibit integrity, communicate a vision, inspire others to take action, manage conflict skillfully, and tackle difficult problems.

Often enough, being a leader means standing up to an injustice, challenging the status quo, and making sacrifices. Many TCU leaders we encounter selflessly choose this path. They are rewarded in the knowledge that their contribution is wholly necessary to the healthy functioning of their family, place of work, community, and tribe. They know that it is not one act of heroism that is needed, but it’s the constant (and sometimes tedious) attention to working towards a goal, day after day, or even year after year that makes a difference. They humbly serve those who they lead. They confront difficulty with finesse, learn from mistakes, and take action when the time is right.

Thank you to those who have stepped up to such demanding roles. Thank you for rolling up your sleeves and tackling tough, seemingly impossible tasks. Thank you for instituting positive change. Your work does not go unnoticed and your accomplishments inspire others to do the same. Bravo!

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