BIE names Haskell University president

BY STAFF REPORTS
05/20/2020 10:00 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Dr. Ronald J. Graham
WASHINGTON – Bureau of Indian Education Director Tony L. Dearman on May 15 announced the selection of Ronald J. Graham, Ph.D., as the new president at Haskell Indian Nations University.

“We are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Graham as Haskell President,” Dearman said. “Dr. Graham comes with tremendous skills and abilities not only in educational programs, but also in focusing 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. 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 doctorate 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 located 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. “To work with a university, such as this flagship institution, that educates tribal youth and future tribal leadership is extremely exciting. In the past, I have worked on five-year strategic plans, marketing ideas, improving student retention and growth, as well as enhancing university IT software and much more. I plan to use this experience to drive projects to improve the student and staff experience at Haskell. This will be a total university team effort to move Haskell forward into the next phase of the college’s already phenomenal legacy.”

According to the BIE, 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. The BIE also states that Haskell prepares students to enter baccalaureate programs in elementary teacher education, American Indian studies, business administration and environmental science; to transfer to another baccalaureate degree-granting institution; or to enter directly into employment. Haskell also integrates American Indian/Alaska Native culture into all its curricula.   

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