August 7, 2009
The Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. Ginny Carney as the new college president, following the Leech Lake Tribal Council’s unanimous approval of the Board’s recommendation.
“Dr. Carney brings many years of experience, dedication and passion for the College to this position,” said Dr. Priscilla Day, LLTC’s Board Chair. “She is very well suited to guide Leech Lake Tribal College through both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairman Arthur “Archie” LaRose echoed those thoughts, saying, “I know that Ginny has a lot of love and respect for the students and this community, and I am very glad that she is staying on board to lead the College.”
Dr. Carney, who has served as Interim President since December 22, 2008, first joined LLTC as a faculty member in 2001. In addition to teaching at LLTC, she has also held positions as Chair of the Arts & Humanities Department, Associate Vice President of Academics, and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs during her tenure at the college. Dr. Carney holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky, and also spent several years working as a Registered Nurse in Alaska and Tennessee.
“Serving as President of Leech Lake Tribal College is both an honor and an awesome responsibility,” Dr. Carney said, adding, “I look forward to working with each of our constituent groups to uphold the high academic standards and Anishinaabe values upon which this College has been built.”
Located 12 miles east of Bemidji, Leech Lake Tribal College is a public, two-year college offering a variety of associate degree and certificate programs in addition to community education and customized training courses. Approximately 90% of students are Native American, representing more than 20 native nations from across the United States and Canada. The College will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2010.