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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: , Public Education Director, 303-426-8900

Leech Lake Tribal College Names Dr. Donald Day as its Next President

July 20, 2012

Don_Day.JPGCass Lake, MN-The Board of Trustees of Leech Lake Tribal College has announced that Dr. Donald Day, Director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University, has been selected as the next President of the College, effective August 13. He will succeed Dr. Ginny Carney, who is retiring in August after more than a decade of service at LLTC.

In announcing the appointment of Day, Rose Robinson, Chair of the Leech Lake Tribal College Board of Trustees, stated “On behalf of the LLTC Board of Trustees, I extend a warm welcome to Dr. Day. We are all looking forward to working with Don as he steps into this leadership role at an entity that is so important to our community.”

Day's career in education spans more than 35 years, and has covered a wide range of roles including academic counseling, teaching, research, student services, curriculum development, and administration, including a successful stint as president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Day mentioned that one of his proudest accomplishments was gaining approval from the Higher Learning Commission for FDLTCC to offer its first ever four-year degree program – a big leap forward for any community college.

"Leech Lake Tribal College is an awesome institution with strong academic programs that are grounded in Anishinaabeg values” Day said. “I look forward to working for my people again and expanding the already impressive services and outreach efforts in which the college faculty and staff are now engaged.”

Dr. Carney will stay on board at LLTC until August 15, and then plans to return to southeast Tennessee to spend time with family and friends. “My 11 years at Leech Lake Tribal College have been some of the most rewarding and fulfilling years of my life, and I am confident that Dr. Day will be given the same warmth and respect that I have received,” said Carney. “I offer my congratulations to Don and wish him all the best as he assumes his role as President of LLTC.”

Founded in 1990, Leech Lake Tribal College is a public, 2-year college that provides higher education grounded in Anishinaabe values. For more information about the college, visit www.lltc.edu or call 218-335-4200