Archive for Friday, June 3, 2011

Chris Redman named president of Haskell Indian Nations University

June 3, 2011, 1:45 p.m. Updated June 3, 2011, 3:44 p.m.


Chris Redman

• Named Friday as the new Haskell Indian Nations University president.

• Served two terms as acting Haskell president, most recently from May 2010 to March 2011.

• Worked for Haskell since 2008.

• Between 2005 and 2008, worked in a variety of positions within the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Education Programs.

• A member of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma, Redman worked for the tribe between 1998 and 2005.

• Currently lives in Ardmore, Okla., with his wife and family.

• Graduated from Oral Roberts University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

• Received a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma in 1998.

After a seven-month search, Haskell Indian Nations University has a new president, and it’s a familiar name.

Chris Redman, who’s served two terms as acting president, was selected for the post by Bureau of Indian Education Director Keith Moore. The selection was announced Friday.

“Chris Redman is a dedicated public servant whose commitment to Haskell and to American Indian higher education is unquestioned,” said Moore in a news release.

The position had been open since November, after the resignation of former president Linda Warner, who had been sent to handle other bureau duties off campus since September 2009.

Redman’s two terms as acting president were from September to December 2009, and May 2010 until March 2011. Clyde Peacock took over as acting president in March, and Redman officially takes the position on July 3.

Details of Redman’s salary were not announced Friday, but when the position was posted in November, the salary range advertised was $113,375 to $147,857. Warner made just over $140,000 as Haskell president.

Redman will be responsible for overseeing the land grant institution that serves members of the American Indian and Alaska Native nations as authorized by Congress. The school’s more than 1,000 students from about 150 tribes do not pay tuition, and instead pay fees by semester: $215 if living on campus, or $110 for those living off campus for the 2010-2011 school year. The school’s annual budget is around $14 million.

Calls to the Bureau of Indian Education for comment on the appointment were not immediately returned.


sbobandme 2 years, 10 months ago

Should have kept Dr. Warner. At least us taxpayers would be paying for a qualified president over there. "the least qualified good old boy" has anyone taken a good look at their board of regents lately? They had a good president in Dr. Warner, employees who did not want to work with her should have been let go. Instead after she left so did most of the good employees and all those great programs she had put in place.Then Haskell was without a president for two years way to go BIA. We taxpayers are so tired of paying for Haskell and the mess it has become.


friendofhaskell 2 years, 10 months ago

Classic Bureau of Indian Affairs ineptitude in this selection... the least qualified good old boy. No surprises with this one.


ssakcaj 2 years, 10 months ago

I just reread his bio and noticed that he graduated from Oral Roberts University. That should be interesting working at Haskell...


smitty 2 years, 10 months ago

from the same press release as the JW article...

Prior to his appointment, Redman served as acting president from September to December 2009 and from May 2010 until March 2011.(acting president of??)

Redman began his federal career in 2005 with the predecessor to the BIE, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Indian Education Programs (OIEP) in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the Division of Budget and Planning administering grants to tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). He continued there until April 2007, when he became a Human Resources Specialist with the OIEP in Anadarko, Okla.

In September 2008, Redman was promoted to the position of Education Program Specialist for Post Secondary Education with the OIEP in Oklahoma City, where he performed oversight and support duties for the TCUs. He first began working with Haskell in late 2008.

Between 1998 and 2005, Redman worked for his tribe, holding various positions including as manager of a vocational rehabilitation and chemical dependency program, as a special assistant to the lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation, as director of the Carter Seminary, a BIA-funded boarding school, and as administrator of the tribe’s education division......

.....Redman holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa (1993), and a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma (1998). Redman lives with his wife and family in Ardmore, Okla.......


ssakcaj 2 years, 10 months ago

I believe this hiring selection will be a mistake. Redman's background according to a couple of web bios is in human resources. I think it is a master's in HR. Two items concern me, the first is the fact that he does not have a doctorate in any field and is not even in the process. The second is that he has no educational background and his only claim to education administration experience is his one year acting at Haskell. I am more than willing to debate the value of an education degree which I have concerns on the true value and impact. The issue to me is that Redman has chosen to be in an education administration system but has expressed no initiative in the process until this opportunity basically fell into his lap.

It seems to me like another example of BIA/BIE ticket punching much like with the Birdwell character. Either that or he was the only one foolish enough to take the job. They have been looking for 8-9 months or so.

With a 0% four year, and 8% six year graduation rate there is nowhere to go but up. For the sake of the students who are foolish enough to attend, I wish him success.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 10 months ago

goodie, you do realize that you've become a cartoon version of yourself, don't you?


Boston_Corbett 2 years, 10 months ago

Anything is better than nothing.

I give him (as if I had the power) to kick a lot of butt, including the long term staff and pseudo-faculty which exists.

Unless he has that power, the whole thing needs to be snuffed.


goodcountrypeople 2 years, 10 months ago

What a name! Seems to me to typify the offensive, self-demeaning way people are expected to brand themselves in order to survive the brutal and ignorance public spaces of Kansas!


Ralph Reed 2 years, 10 months ago

Can't say I know him either, but now there will be some stability in leadership.


sallyone 2 years, 10 months ago

Can't say that I know the guy!


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