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Haskell president confirms she’s going to Washington

January 31, 2009

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Linda Sue Warner, president of Haskell Indian Nations University, confirmed Friday she will attend a meeting next week in Washington, D.C., that includes federal officials and the Haskell Board of Regents.

Regents have voiced concerns publicly since Warner took over the university in 2007. This week George Tiger, a regents vice chairman, said regents wanted to discuss their role with the university because some members believed it had changed.

Warner, who was on business in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, said federal agencies — like the Bureau of Indian Affairs that oversees Haskell — rely on several advisory boards to provide input on decisions.

Warner answers to BIA officials, and the regents provide an advisory role. “I think the discussion of how the Haskell Board of Regents fits into the federal advisory role will be a topic,” she said of the Washington meeting. The regents and Warner will be in Washington for a reception to honor 125 years of Haskell on Wednesday at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Regents in August asked the BIA to remove Warner as president. They expressed concerns about possible irregularities in accounting, procurement and hiring practices. Warner has denied the allegations, and BIA officials have supported her.

Tiger also said last week that regents were concerned that Haskell administrators waived the final semester and graduated a student, Brenda Councillor, once a critic of Warner.

In an interview Friday, Warner said Councillor’s opinions had nothing to do with the administrative decision to give her a diploma. Warner said Haskell’s registrar and vice president for academic affairs informed her that Councillor already had more than enough credits to graduate.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

"In an interview Friday, Warner said Councillor’s opinions had nothing to do with the administrative decision to give her a diploma. Warner said Haskell’s registrar and vice president for academic affairs informed her that Councillor already had more than enough credits to graduate."Sorry, but if it were as simple as that, it would have been handled much differently. First, a policy would have to have been established that prevents any student from remaining enrolled beyond the time they've earned enough credits to graduate. And given that she still lacked one required course, those guidelines would also have to have prohibited students from taking any courses not required for their degree. Absent such guidelines, making a secret exception to graduation requirements at semester break and then locking her out of her dorm room indicate that the only reason for "graduating" her was to shut her up and get her off campus.

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eric poncharello 5 years, 6 months ago

Some days ago in another article regarding this whole Presidents mess. The Haskell Endowment Association was resolved. What happened to the staff and administrators who operated the Haskell Endowment Association? Are they, just on there on to find employment or what?

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Terry Jacobsen 5 years, 6 months ago

Warner needs to go. I've been hearing things about her for quite some time from a number of long standing supporters of Haskell. None of the things I'm hearing is good. Time to move on.

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sypeccary 5 years, 6 months ago

interesting, TJ. I also talk to Haskell supporters and hear the opposite. Difference is they believe in academic standards and accountability in the workplace. Warner stands for both and is why DC supports her. besides the fact that those against Warner can't meet those standards and dont want to be accountable, I don't understand why this attack keeps going on endlessly. Squeeky, gossipy, whining wheels get the grease, and in this case all the attention.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

"Difference is they believe in academic standards and accountability in the workplace."Her actions towards Councillor would indicate the exact opposite.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 6 months ago

What does Hack have to do with this situation, log?And for what it's worth, I don't know enough about the situation to be either a supporter or a detractor of Warner's tenure. All I can say is that if the reporting on the Councillor incident is accurate, it tends to support the characterization of an autocratic approach to her running of Haskell.

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