Office of the President
Yá'át'ééh - Welcome
Dr. Maggie George is originally from Red Valley, Arizona. She is of the Táchii'nii clan, born for the Naakaii Dine'é clan. Her maternal and paternal grandparents are Todich'i'nii and Kinlichi'nii, respectively. She grew up and attended boarding school and public schools on the Navajo Reservation before launching a career as an educator, teacher educator, and administrator in tribal colleges and higher education.
Dr. George has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas, a Master's in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from New Mexico Highlands University. Her doctoral thesis examined the effects of a bilingual, bicultural teacher preparation program at Diné College. The research demonstrated the myriad ways in which American Indian preservice teachers, who know their ancestral language and culture, work effectively with native children to promote their academic development and confident cultural identities.
She has served in leadership capacities at a variety of tribal and mainstream educational institutions. Currently, she is the Faculty/Chair Administrator for the Center for Diné Studies at Diné College. Until recently, she was Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC. Prior to that she was Deputy Director of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She served as the Director of the American Indian Program at New Mexico State University, and Director of Educational Equity and Access at the New Mexico Higher Education Department. She was Dean and Academic Vice-President at Diné College, in Tsaile, Arizona, and Dean of the School of Education at Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence, Kansas. She has also been a faculty member at Haskell, and teacher and counselor at K-12 schools in the Bureau of Indian Affairs system, in New Mexico. She was a consultant-evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission from 2003-2009. In that capacity, she participated on accreditation teams to a number of tribal colleges. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at the American Indian Languages Development Institute at the University of Arizona.
President and Contact
Ned Hatathlie Center (NHC)
Michelle Cury, Executive Assistant