Chris Redman named president of Haskell Indian Nations University

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.