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PANEL AWAITS HASKELL HOPEFULS

June 15, 1999

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Haskell Indian Nations University officials could receive their first list of candidates to be the school's new president this week, an administrator said.

A list of nine candidates for the president's job at Haskell Indian Nations University is expected to arrive on campus by mail this week.

"We're waiting for a list of eligible candidates from the Office of Indian Education Programs' personnel office in Albuquerque (N.M.)," said Karen Swisher, dean of instruction at Haskell and a member of the president's selection committee.

Once the list is received, the 16-member committee will narrow the field to three to five finalists.

"If we get it this week as planned, I think that we're ready to have our (finalists) list by the end of the month," Swisher said.

The search for a new president began earlier this year after Bob Martin, president of the school since 1989, announced he was leaving to teach at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Martin's resignation is effective July 1.

Candidates who are on the list have applied through the Office of Indian Education Programs, Swisher said, and could include instructors and administrators.

"We haven't seen the list yet, so we don't know," she said.

Swisher said the selection committee will pare the field based on candidates' experience in higher education, involvement with the community and American Indians, and familiarity with government regulations, budget processes and strategic planning.

"We will review and rank the candidates to determine who are the highly qualified candidates," she said.

Once selected, the finalists will be interviewed by the committee and the Haskell Board of Regents, she said.

The committee and the board each will make a recommendation to the director of the federal Office of Indian Education Programs in Washington, D.C., who will make the final decision, she said.

Haskell officials are hoping to have a new president named by fall.

Members of the selection committee include faculty members, students, staff members, administrators, alumni and community members, she said.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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