Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, August 29th as she talks with Donald Day, new president of Leech Lake Tribal College. Dr. Day, Director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University, was selected as the next President of the College, and he took office on August 13. "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.” Founded in 1990, Leech Lake Tribal College is a public, 2-year college that provides higher education grounded in Anishinaabe values.
Donald 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 prior administrative post as president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Many of Donald’s volunteer activities reinforce his career as an educator and an advocate. He is a current member of the Bemidji State University American Indian Alumni Chapter and a founding member of the Minnesota Indian Education Association.
As a volunteer, he is committed to improving his community. He is an active member of the Bemidji Area Race Relations Council. He also serves on the Shared Vision Committee for BemidjiLeads!, an innovative civic group that helps residents and business owners build a common plan for the city’s future.
Dr. Day holds a Bachelor of Arts in social studies with a minor in Indian studies from Bemidji State University. His advanced degrees include a master’s in educational administration from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of North Dakota.
He is a member of the Martin Clan and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.