SIPI Gains President, Business Accreditation

Feb 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 18-3: Building Prosperity, Tribal College News

The business department at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI, Albuquerque, NM) achieved national recognition by obtaining accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). SIPI also hired Dr. Jeffrey Hamley (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) as its new president.

A long-time tribal college educator, Hamley previously served as president of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College in Michigan. He has also served as academic dean at the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico and extension dean at Northwest Indian College in Washington.

ACBSP provides specialized accreditation for business education and supports, celebrates, and rewards teaching excellence. ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning. SIPI is the first tribal college to obtain ACBSP accreditation status, according to ACBSP.

The college received a full 10-year accreditation status from ACBSP in spring 2006. Four staff members represented SIPI at the ACBSP national conference held in June 2006, in Chicago: Val Montoya (Ohkay Owingeh), then SIPI interim president (current vice-president of academic programs); Wilfred Beaupre, business department chair; Dorothy Wester, business instructor; and Ken Perry, accounting instructor.

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