Finalists Named for Director of American Indian Resource Center

Bemidji State University announces three candidates who will visit campus as finalists for the position of director of the American Indian Resource Center. On-campus interviews begin May 21.

The finalists are:

  • Bill Blackwell, Jr. (Waase-gizhig), director of institutional advancement at Leech Lake Tribal College and an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Ojibwe Nation
  • Joel Longie, director of performance and accountability at the Bureau of Indian Education and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Nation
  • Giniwgiizhig, instructor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation

On-campus interview schedule:

  • May 21 – Bill Blackwell, Jr.
  • May 26 – Joel Longie
  • May 27 – Giniwgiizhig

BSU is seeking a successor to Dr. Anton Treuer, who is returning to a position on the BSU faculty. Treuer has been director of the AIRC since November 2012.

Dr. Anton Treuer, director, American Indian Resource Center

Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling nearly 5,000 students, Bemidji State offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.