Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Tribal College Advisory Board Holds First Meeting

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Tribal College Advisory Board Holds First Meeting

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WASHINGTON -- Agendas were set and board members were sworn in as 13 of the 15 members of the President's Advisory Board on Tribal Colleges and Universities gathered here in July for the group's inaugural meeting.

Carrie L. Billy, executive director of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, said the meeting gave board members an opportunity to bond and begin developing an agenda.

"It was the first time the members had an opportunity to interact and talk to each other," she says.

U.S. Education Secretary Richard Riley delivered brief remarks at the meeting. Additionally, Assistant U.S. Education Secretary Patricia W. McNeil presided over a swearing-in ceremony of the board members during the daylong meeting.

Board members established committees in five areas: institutional sustainability, public-private partnerships, technology, facilities, and education system collaborations. Billy says the committees will commission reports in the five priority areas. The reports are likely to be presented at the next board meeting, which is expected to occur sometime in the fall, according to Billy. …

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