First Nations University of Canada Announces New President

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 the future."

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 year.

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SOURCE First Nations University of Canada

For further information:

Christall Beaudry, Executive Office
Phone:  (306) 790-5950 ext. 2200
            1 First Nations Way
Regina, Saskatchewan  S4S 7K2


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