NEW JERSEY’S LAND-GRANT INSTITUTION: Rutgers University

New Jersey’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Rutgers University

https://www.rutgers.edu @RutgersU

Chartered in 1766 as Queen’s College through an affiliation with the Dutch Reformed Church. The school was renamed Rutgers College in 1825. In 1864, Rutgers prevailed over Princeton to become New Jersey’s land-grant institution. The school was renamed Rutgers University in 1924, and legislative acts in both 1945 and 1956 designated Rutgers as The State University of New Jersey.

President: Robert Barchi became the president of Rutgers University in 2012. A board-certified neurologist, he previously was president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE’S LAND-GRANT INSTITUTION: University of New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of New Hampshire

 https://www.unh.edu @UofNH

Established in 1866 as the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in Hanover, New Hampshire, in association with Dartmouth College. In 1891, a state legislative bill authorized the school to move to Durham and become an independent institution. In 1893, the first classes were held in Durham. In 1923, the school’s name was changed to the University of New Hampshire.

President: James W. Dean Jr. became the president of the University of New Hampshire in 2018. Prior to this position, president Dean was provost at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. @UNHPrez

 

NEVADA’S LAND-GRANT INSTITUTION: University of Nevada, Reno

Nevada’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Nevada, Reno

https://www.unr.edu @UnivofNevada

In 1874, the Nevada State Constitution established the State University of Nevada in Elko. In 1881, the school was renamed Nevada State University. In 1885, the Nevada State University moved from Elko to Reno, and in 1906 the school was renamed the University of Nevada. In 1969, the school again was renamed the University of Nevada, Reno when the University of Nevada, Las Vegas achieved independent status.

President: Marc Johnson became president of the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012, where he previously served as provost. President Johnson has an impressive land-grant pedigree, having been dean at the land-grant institutions of Colorado State University and Kansas State University, and having both a master’s degree in international development from the land-grant institution North Carolina State University and a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the land-grant institution Michigan State University.

 

NEBRASKA’S LAND-GRANT INSTITUTIONS: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Little Priest Tribal College, Nebraska Indian Community College

Nebraska’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

https://www.unl.edu @UNLincoln

The University of Nebraska was created by an act of the Nebraska state legislature in 1869, two years after the State of Nebraska was admitted into the United States. The first graduate school west of the Mississippi was established by this university. Part of the University of Nebraska system, the main campus in Lincoln is joined by four-year campuses in Omaha and Kearny and a two-year technical agricultural college in Curtis.

Chancellor: Ronnie D. Green became chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016. Prior to this position, he served as the vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL. Dr. Green has impressive land-grant credentials, having received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the land-grant institution Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in animal science from the land-grant institution Colorado State University, and a doctorate in animal breeding and genetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. @RonnieDGreen

 

Nebraska’s 1994 Land-Grant Institutions: Little Priest Tribal College, Nebraska Indian Community College

 

Little Priest Tribal College

 http://www.littlepriest.edu @LittlePriestTC

The Winnebago Tribal Council chartered the Little Priest Tribal College in 1996 after having withdrawn its association with the Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC). The college was named after Little Priest, the last true war chief of the HoChunk people.

President: The president of Little Priest Tribal College is Maunka Morgan.

 

Nebraska Indian Community College

 http://www.thenicc.edu @NebraskaIndian

Founded in 1973 as the American Indian Satellite Community College with the mission of providing higher education services to the Omaha, Santee Sioux, and Winnebago reservations. In 1979, the school was renamed Nebraska Indian Community College.

President: Michael Oltrogge became the president of the Nebraska Indian Community College in 2004. Dr. Oltrogge began working for NICC in 1997 and served in several administrative positions before assuming the role of president. He also is an alumnus of NICC, having received an Associate of Arts in general liberal arts and an Associate of Science in general sciences.

MONTANA’S LAND-GRANT INSTITUTIONS: Montana State University, Aaniiih Nakoda College, Blackfeet Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Salish Kootenai College, Stone Child College

Montana’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Montana State University

http://www.montana.edu @montanastate

Founded in 1893 as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. The first classes were held in rooms in the county high school, and later in the building that housed the former Bozeman Academy (a private prep school. In fact, the first students were from Bozeman Academy, who were forced to transfer to the college. In 1913, the school was renamed the Montana College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1965, the school again was renamed Montana State University.

President: Waded Cruzado became the president of Montana State University in 2010. Dr. Cruzado has a distinguished land-grant pedigree. Previously, she served as executive vice president and provost at the land-grant institution of New Mexico State University. She also served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Puerto Rico’s land-grant university, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. A native of Puerto Rico, President Cruzado also received her bachelors degree in comparative literature from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. @wadedcruzado

Montana’s 1994 Land-Grant Institutions: Aaniiih Nakoda College, Blackfeet Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Salish Kootenai College, Stone Child College

 

Aaniiih Nakoda College

 http://www.ancollege.edu

Founded in 1984 by the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council as Fort Belknap College. The school was charged with preserving and promoting the A’anin and Nakoda languages, cultures, and histories, and serves the residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. In 2011, the school was renamed Aaniiih Nakoda College.

President: Carole Falcon-Chandler is the president of Aaniiih Nakoda College.

 

Blackfeet Community College

 http://bfcc.edu @BlkftComCollege

In 1974, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council founded the Blackfeet Community College. The school was charged with serving the Blackfeet Nation and surrounding communities.

President: Billie Joe Kipp was named president of Blackfeet Community College in 2011.

 

Chief Dull Knife College

http://www.cdkc.edu

Founded in 1975 as Dull Knife Memorial College, CDKC was renamed in 2001 to emphasize the significance of Dull Knife as a chief and respected historical leader of the Northern Cheyenne people.

President: Richard Littlebear is the president of Chief Dull Knife College.

 

 

 

Fort Peck Community College

http://www.fpcc.edu

Fort Peck Community College was chartered by the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in 1978. The school was charged with the provision of services to the Fort Peck reservation and surrounding communities.

President: Haven Gourneau is the president of Fort Peck Community College. She was raised on the Fort Peck Reservation and is an alumnus of Fort Peck Community College.

 

Little Big Horn College

http://www.lbhc.edu

Little Big Horn College was chartered in 1980 by the Crow Tribe as a public two-year community college.

President: David Yarlott Jr. became the president of Little Bighorn College in 2002.

 

 

 Salish Kootenai College

 https://www.skc.edu @skcollege

Established in 1977, this school began as a branch campus of Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC). In 1981, the college formally disassociated itself from FVCC and became completely self-governing under the sovereign governmental authority of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

President: Sandra Boham became the president of Salish Kootenai College in 2016 after having previously served as interim president. President Boham is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Her land-grant background includes a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Montana State University.

 

 Stone Child College

 http://www.stonechild.edu

Stone Child College was established in 1984 as the accredited tribal college of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe. The school was charged with the preservation and maintenance of the Chippewa-Cree culture, and for the educational training of its tribal membership.

President: The Stone Child College Board of Regents selected Cory Sangrey-Billy to serve as interim president of the college until a permanent president can be chosen following the death of President Nate St. Pierre. Previously, Interim President Sangrey-Billy served as dean of academics at the college.

 

Sports Scandals Soil the Land-Grant Legacy

I wrote an op-ed article for The Chronicle of Higher Education that posted August 23, 2018. In one month I am allowed to post the entire article on this blog site. In the meantime, here is the link:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Sports-Scandals-Soil-the/244343?cid=wcontentlist_hp_5

My main contention:

“Leaders of the people’s universities now must declare that students’ well-being is going to take precedence over the winning of games.”

 

MISSOURI’S LAND-GRANT INSTITUTIONS: University of Missouri and Lincoln University of Missouri

Missouri’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Missouri

https://missouri.edu @Mizzou

In 1839, the Missouri Legislature established funds for a state university, the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River. In 1870, the institution received its land-grant status, leading to the founding of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (today known as the Missouri University of Science and Technology). The University of Missouri System was created in 1963 when the formerly private University of Kansas City (now the University of Missouri-Kansas City) and a newly created campus in St. Louis (University of Missouri-St. Louis) were added. Upon creation of the new system, each university was renamed with its host city, with the university in Columbia becoming the University of Missouri–Columbia. In 2007, the Board of Curators voted to allow MU to drop Columbia from its name for all public use.

Chancellor: Alexander N. Cartwright became chancellor of the University of Missouri in 2017. Previously, he served as provost and executive vice chancellor at the State University of New York.

 

 

Missouri’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution: Lincoln University of Missouri

 http://www.lincolnu.edu @LUBlueTigers

The Lincoln Institute was established in 1866, largely due to the fundraising efforts of the 62nd Colored Infantry regiment of the U.S. Army. In 1890, the school received its land-grant designation. In 1921, the school was renamed Lincoln University of Missouri.

President: Jerald Jones Woolfolk became the president of Lincoln University of Missouri in 2018. Her land-grant credentials include having held several administrative positions at the land-grant institution University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and she is an alumnus of the land-grant institution Iowa State University, where she received a master’s degree in counselor education.

MISSISSIPPI’S LAND-GRANT INSTITUTIONS: Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University

Mississippi’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Mississippi State University

https://www.msstate.edu @msstate

Founded in 1878 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi. In 1932, the state legislature renamed the university as Mississippi State College. In 1958, the school was renamed again as Mississippi State University in recognition of its academic development and addition of graduate programs.

President: Mark E. Keenum became the president of Mississippi State University in 2009. President Keenum is a native of Mississippi, and is an alum of Mississippi State, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He also began his career at MSU as a faculty member with the Extension Service and the Department of Agricultural Economics.

 

 

Mississippi’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution: Alcorn State University

https://www.alcorn.edu @AlcornStateU

Founded on the site of the former Oakland College, a school for white students established by the Presbyterian Church that had closed during the American Civil War. When the college failed to reopen, its property was sold to the state of Mississippi. In 1871, the school was reopened as Alcorn University, the nation’s first land-grant college for black students in the country. In 1878, the school was renamed Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1974, the school was renamed again as Alcorn State University.

President: Donzell Lee was appointed interim president of Alcorn State University in 2018 following the appointment of Alfred Rankins Jr. as the state of Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education. Dr. Lee previously served as the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Alcorn State, where he also served as a faculty member and department chair. Dr. Lee’s land-grant credentials also includes a doctoral degree in music from the land-grant institution of Louisiana State University.

 

MINNESOTA’S LAND-GRANTS: University of Minnesota, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Leech Lake Tribal College, White Earth Tribal and Community College

Minnesota’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Minnesota

https://twin-cities.umn.edu @UMNews

The University of Minnesota was founded as a preparatory school in 1851. However, financial problems forced the school to close during the American Civil War. The school reopened in 1867 as the land-grant institution of the state of Minnesota. The campus currently is located both in Minneapolis and in St. Paul, the latter campus of which houses most of its agricultural programs.

President: Eric Kaler became the president of the University of Minnesota in 2011. He has announced his retirement as of July 2019. President Kaler is an alumnus of U of M, having received his doctorate in chemical engineering in 1982. His land-grant pedigree also included a stint as dean of the college of engineering at the land-grant institution the University of Delaware. @PrezKaler

 

 

Minnesota’s 1994 Land-Grant Institutions: Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Leech Lake Tribal College, White Earth Tribal and Community College

 

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

 https://fdltcc.edu

The Minnesota Legislature created Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) in 1987, and the Fond du Lac Reservation chartered the school in the same year.

President: Following the June 2018 retirement of President Larry Anderson, Stephanie Hammitt was appointed interim president of the college. She has served FDLTCC for 27 years, most recently as its vice president of Finance and Administration. Her land-grant credentials include a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

 

 

Leech Lake Tribal College

 http://www.lltc.edu @LLTribalCollege

The Leech Lake Tribal Council established Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) in 1990. For its first two years, courses were offered on campus from the land-grant institution of the University of Minnesota and other local colleges and universities. In 1992, LLTC began offering its own courses leading toward the completion of Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees. In 1994, LLTC was accorded status as a land-grant institution.

President: Raymond Burns became the president of Leech Lake Tribal College in 2018. Previously, he served as the president of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in Wisconsin, another 1994 tribal land-grant institution.

 

 

White Earth Tribal and Community College

 http://www.wetcc.edu

The White Earth Tribal Council established the White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) in 1997. The WETCC was designed to support the self-determination of the Anishinaabe people through the preservation and promotion of their history, culture, and language.

President: Tracy Clark currently is serving as the interim president of WETCC, having been appointed to that position in 2017. She is serving as part of an agreement between the White Earth Tribal and Community College Council of Trustees and Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she held the position of associate professor of social work. President Clark was born and raised on the White Earth Reservation, and had previously served as a member of the council of trustees board of that college.

MICHIGAN’S LAND-GRANTS: Michigan State University, Bay Mills Community College, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Michigan’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Michigan State University

https://msu.edu @michiganstateu

The first agriculture college in America, known as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, was established in 1855, and classes were first held in 1857. In 1861, the school was renamed the State Agricultural College, and then was designated as the state’s land-grant institution in 1863. In 1909, the school was again renamed the Michigan Agricultural College, and again was renamed in 1925 as the Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In its centennial year of 1955, the school was renamed Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1964, the words “Agriculture and Applied Science” were dropped from its name and the school became known as Michigan State University.

President: John Engler was named the interim president of Michigan State University in 2018. He is the former governor of the State of Michigan, as well as having served in the Michigan Legislature as both a state senator and state representative. President Engler is an alumnus of Michigan State, having earned both a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a law degree.

Michigan’s 1994 Land-Grant Institutions: Bay Mills Community College, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

 

Bay Mills Community College

http://www.bmcc.edu @BayMillsCollege

Founded in 1981, Bay Mills Community College was Michigan’s first accredited Tribal College located on a reservation. It was designated a land-grant institution in 1994. It serves both the Anishinaabek and Sault Ste. Marie bands of the Ojibwe.

President: Michael C. (Mickey) Parish has been the president of BMCC since 2002. He has served the Native American population of Michigan since 1971, including as a tribal and child welfare attorney and as Executive Director of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan.

 

 

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

https://www.kbocc.edu

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College was chartered in 1975 by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The College was founded with the understanding that American Indian students, as members of sovereign nations, deserved an educational system responsive to their needs and concerns. This school primarily serves the L’Anse Indian Reservation and surrounding communities.

President: Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College is currently seeking a new president. Former president Debra J. Parrish resigned at the end of January 2018 after almost 30 years in that position.

 

 

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

http://www.sagchip.edu

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College was founded in 1998 when the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council adopted a resolution establishing a tribally controlled college and forming a governing Board of Regents. While the primary focus was to build a bridge between tribal members and higher education, the college was chartered as a public institution for all people in the community.

President: Carla Sineway is the president of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College.