Archive for Thursday, September 30, 2010

Leadership limbo

The best thing federal officials can do for Haskell Indian Nations University is resolve the school’s lingering leadership question.

September 30, 2010


Additional federal funds are one way to improve programs at Haskell Indian Nations University, but they don’t address the school’s No. 1 need: a permanent president who can set a strong course for Haskell’s future.

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced a $1.6 million federal grant to improve academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability at Haskell. It’s a significant amount of money for the school, whose annual allocation from the federal government is only $14.2 million. According to a representative of the Haskell president’s office, the money will be used to improve advising and student retention services, which is a good goal.

However, despite repeated assurances from the Bureau of Indian Affairs that a decision on the Haskell presidency is forthcoming, the school’s leadership remains in limbo. Linda Warner, who still is the school’s official president, has been fulfilling BIA assignments in other states for more than a year. In the meantime, Haskell has had three acting presidents, but no decision about a permanent president.

The $1.4 million grant is nice, but if federal officials really want to help Haskell, they should quit delaying and return Warner to Lawrence and allow her to oversee and initiate new policies and academic opportunities — or bring in another experienced, courageous, visionary academic leader.


Practicality 7 years, 9 months ago

I am totally flabbergasted that this has taken so long to be rectified. With all the negative information being put out about Haskell. What the heck is so difficult in either bringing Warner back or putting in someone else. I am starting to think that the ineptness of Haskell leadership is just a reflection of the ineptness of the BIA. Seriously, as much negative publicity that has been generated by this, and the the inquiry by Senator Roberts, and the negative comments from students, and the terrible graduation rate, this seems like the easiest decison a government official could make. What will it hurt to put someone else in charge?

sbobandme 7 years, 8 months ago

It certainly is a ridiculous situation. There is not a company in the U.S. being run as poorly as Haskell has been run lately. My wife and I as taxpayers would like too know why Dr. Warner is not being bought back? Does the BIA not want Haskell run as a real university should? A nine percent graduation rate, just does not cut it. With this statement we do strongly agree " The $1.4 million grant is nice, but if federal officials really want to help Haskell, they should quit delaying and return Warner to Lawrence and allow her to oversee and initiate new policies and academic opportunities". Bring her back.

geekin_topekan 7 years, 8 months ago

Throwing money at it will not solve the inept/incompetent leadership problems.

I do hope that this is not a last ditch effort from the great white father for haskell to sort out its problems. It very well could be if leadership and grad rates are not vastly improved I would think.

Ask any staff member about Haskell's future and you will get a reply, "Haskell will always be here", or, "We are a permanent earmark". While this may have been true at one time, we are living in a time where political correctness will bite you in the rear, and a new class of white people are feeling the pain of exclusion for the first time in the history of this country. The way that they deal with it is through legislation which is vastly white majority. Unless Haskell begins to crank out some competent and ambitious leaders, leaders who can see beyond the BIA and the gubment provisions, Haskell may be in dire trouble.

The smugness of the "always be here" attitude of the staff is shocking and a reflection of their intent to maintain the status quo. In other words, why should they empower students and stay at their federal post 8 hours per day? Haskell will always be their, in their eyes, and therefore students will come and go, some will win and 91%-96% will lose.

new2blog 7 years, 8 months ago

They do need too bring Dr. Warner back. Having said that I am wondering if it's just too late for the school as a whole? I hear great things about Dr. Warner .They should have left her in place and gotten rid of the people who are now the current Haskell administration. From what I understand her biggest sins were to hold employees accountable too do their jobs and get some new four year degree programs going, in fields where students could actually get jobs. If she had stayed and Haskell had followed through, they would by now be on the path too becoming a true four year university, but that didn't happen. From what I am reading and hearing people are getting feed up with paying for a place that doesn't produce four year graduates and when it does in what fields? From the talk around town, I would venture to say taxpayers aren't going to pay for it much longer. It would be a miracle if they could even get Dr. Warner too come back.

new2blog 7 years, 8 months ago

Let me understand: Exactly who is in charge at Haskell? And who is in charge of that person?

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