REGINA, May 16 /CNW/ - The First Nations University of Canada Board of
Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Doyle Anderson
as the next President. Dr. Anderson currently serves as Executive
Director of the Indigenous Nations Institute and Director of the Native
American Business Administration Program at Idaho State University.
Dr. Anderson will assume his duties on August 2, 2011.
"The First Nations University of Canada Board of Governors believes the
appointment of Dr. Anderson will help move our institution to a new
phase of revitalization", said Board Chair Della Anaquod. "We are
confident that he brings the vision, experience and clear commitment to
the University's mission that will move the institution forward into
Dr. Anderson completed his doctorate degree in interdisciplinary studies
with a dual emphasis in First Nations business management and
organizational analysis at the University of Saskatchewan. He
completed the First Nations MBA Program at the University of
Saskatchewan and holds a B.Sc. in environmental engineering Montana
Tech of the University of Montana. Dr. Anderson is a member of the Red
Pheasant First Nation.
Dr. Anderson is the founder of the Indigenous Nations Institute and the
Native American Business Administration Program at Idaho State
University. Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Professor of
Business and Director of the Certificate in Indigenous Business
Administration Program for the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College,
Saskatoon Campus (now First Nations University of Canada).
"I am deeply honoured and grateful for the opportunity to return to this
great institution to serve as the next President of the First Nations
University of Canada. This university is a national treasure," Dr.
Anderson says. "It instilled in me the passion for Indigenous higher
education and the knowledge required to build and expand Indigenous
higher education programs and services across Indian Country."
Dr. Anderson says he was drawn to First Nations University of Canada's
strong sense of tradition and to its mission to uphold the treaty and
Aboriginal rights of Indigenous people. Dr. Anderson said:
"I pay tribute to our Elders and our ancestors, whose vast traditional
knowledge provides a foundation for all of this university's programs
and services. Traditional knowledge systems and western European
knowledge systems complement and strengthen each other for the benefit
of First Nations, Canada, and the global community."
"Our Elders tell us that education will sustain First Nations people now
and in the future just as the buffalo did for Plains Indian people
generations ago. I agree. Today, education is our buffalo. Today,
this great university is helping to sustain First Nations people and
strengthen Canada. I want to thank the members of the university
community - the Elders, students, faculty, staff, board, and First
Nations leaders - for the warm welcome my wife and I received when we
returned to interview for this position."
"I pay tribute to the students and those who supported them in their
campaign to save the First Nations University of Canada. The students
of the First Nations University of Canada and their passion for this
university and for what it represents were a major factor in my
decision to accept this position. I am excited and honoured to be able
to work with them to help them prepare to take their places as our
leaders of tomorrow."
The First Nations University of Canada will celebrate 35 years as a
Federated College on May 27, 2011.
First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) was established in 1976 as
the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (SIFC) through a federated
partnership with the University of Regina. FNUniv offers undergraduate
and graduate degrees, accredited by the University of Regina, within an
environment of Indian culture and history combining First
Nation-oriented and standard areas of study in all programs. FNUniv
offers over 200 courses and hosts nearly 1400 full-time students per
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