- By Mikayla Steele
WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Ronald J. Graham was announced as the new president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
The news was announced by Tony L. Dearman, Director of the Bureau of the Indian Education, who said he is thrilled with the selection and looks forward to Graham focusing not only on traditional educational programs, but also on diversity and inclusion in education.
“Dr. Graham is passionate about soliciting and using input from stakeholders and fostering a team environment to create success,” Dearman said in a statement. “His leadership style will provide the platform necessary for Haskell’s current dedicated staff to be part of team decisions that will move Haskell forward,”
Graham received his Doctor of Education in Organization and Leadership/International Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. He most recently served as the Dean of Instruction in Health Sciences, Public Safety and Industrial Technology at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California.
“Having worked in the education field for almost 25 years in major universities and community colleges, I was ecstatic about the Haskell Indian Nations University president position,” Graham said in a statement. “To work with a university, such as this flagship institution, that educates tribal youth and future tribal leadership is extremely exciting. “I plan to use this experience to drive projects to improve the student and staff experience at Haskell,” Graham added. “This will be a total university team effort to move Haskell forward into the next phase of the college’s already phenomenal legacy.”
Haskell has an average student enrollment of more than 1,000 students each semester with students representing 140 federally recognized tribes from across the United States. According to its website, Haskell is known for integrating American Indian/Alaska Native culture into all its curricula.
More Stories Like ThisAmerican Indian College Fund President Cheryl Crazy Bull Named Member of the Thrive Leaders Network
Princeton University to Provide Financial Assistance to Students Whose Families Earn Less Than $100K
Can Better Data Help UM Retain Indigenous Students?
New Study Reveals Challenges of College Affordability for Native Students
President Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan and Indigenous Students
Do you appreciate a Native perspective on the news?
For the past decade-plus, we’ve covered the important Indigenous stories that are often overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the toppling of colonizer statues during the racial equity protests, to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools, we have been there to provide a Native perspective and elevate Native voices.
Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps us remain a force for change in Indian Country and continue telling the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked. Most often, our donors make a one-time gift of $20 or more, while many choose to make a recurring monthly donation of $5 or $10. Whatever you can do, it helps fund our Indigenous-led newsroom and our ability to cover Native news.
Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you.