Office of the President

Office of the President

Yá’át’ééh – Welcome

We have grown from a two-year college into a four-year college. The challenge for us today is to build new programs, expand the college and plan for the future. Education has always been the foundation for new innovation, and that is where Diné College wants to be situated. Our strategic goals align with Diné values and we rely upon a firm, solid foundation that was set in stone over 50 years ago to guide this college.

Diné College is a testament to our Navajo heritage, beliefs and what makes our college the beacon of continual growth, humble existence, and endless hope. Let’s work together to lead Diné College into a new era of higher education excellence. Ahxe’hee’.

Dr. Charles M. Roessel, Ed.D.

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Diné College in the News

TSAILE, Ariz.— Diné college will offer 358 courses this fall with all but 10 courses to be offered online, and staff are getting ready for the return of students by instituting campus-wide safety measures, a $6.4 million technology upgrade, developing a laptop loaner program, and other student success measures. Learn More

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY – There are some notable “firsts” on the list of newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The organization is the nation’s oldest honor society, founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and other scholars. This year’s firsts includes eight Indigenous scholars, a record number.  Learn More

ACHIEVE 60 AZ – Achieve60AZ welcomes Diné College President Charles “Monty” Roessel and Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District #35 Superintendent David Verdugo as their newest board members. On their Facebook page, Achieve60AZ exclaimed, “We are excited to see how you will help us on our path to 60 percent!” #Go60AZ


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Diné College 2020 Census Matters

It is important for all Native Americans to participate in the 2020 Census. Don’t miss your chance to be counted. Your participation could help where billions in funding go each year for public services and representation our government.

The Navajo (Diné) language is the most spoken indigenous language in America. We would like to encourage our students to utilize the language skills they’ve picked up here at Diné College to complete the 2020 Census. Visit the Census 2020 website to see how the United States Census supports 59 languages, including Navajo!

Mission and Goals for the Nation's College

Advance the institution’s Diné identity by incorporating Diné teachings into academic and student support programs.

Promote student success by increasing cross-institutional dialogues and expanding student opportunities for leadership development.

Strengthen financial health and self-reliance by increasing funding sources that support institutional growth, and by optimizing current financial systems.

Promote effective institutional transformation by demonstrating transparency and integrity in planning initiatives and professional development.

Cultivate Diné Nation building by creating congruent educational programs to meet the needs and aspirations of the Navajo Nation.

Enhance the internal technology infrastructure of the College and improve information technology to enhance student learning experiences.

Meet President Charles "Monty" Roessel

Dr. Charles M. Roessel is an educator, catalyst for academic innovation and higher education leader. He became the 18th president of Diné College in 2017 and has spearheaded DC’s transformation from a 2 year institution into a 4 year institution. As the first established tribal college, DC has served a predominantly Navajo student population across the 27,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation that spans across the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah for over 51 years.

Lauded as the first tribally-controlled collegiate institution in the United States, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, DC is a student-centric tribal college focused on complex challenges related to tribal sovereignty, language revitalization, multicultural education, and nation building. Under Dr, Roessel’s leadership, DC has established four new transdisciplinary schools, including the School of Diné Studies and Education, the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, the School of Arts, Humanities and English, and the School of Business and Social Science, and launched trailblazing initiatives including the Navajo Sovereignty Institute, the Navajo Cultural Arts Program, and important initiatives toward the establishment of the first Navajo law school.

Meet the President's Office

Benita Lopez
Executive Assistant
Ned Hatathlie Center – 6th Floor
Office of the President
Tsaile, Az 86556
(928) 724-6669

Crystal Cree, M.P.A.
Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy
Ned Hatathlie Center – 6th Floor
Office of the President
Tsaile, Az 86556
(928) 724-6668

Ermas Parrish, B.A.
Legislative Research Assistant
Ned Hatathlie Center – 6th Floor
Office of the President
Tsaile, Az 86556
(928) 724-6669