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.
President

Latest news from the President

SHIPROCK, N.M. — Two pieces of state legislation aimed at kick starting a college and career readiness program, and which would provide high-speed Internet services at the John Pinto Library at Diné College’s Shiprock campus, recently cleared the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Learn More

TSAILE, Ariz. — Resources that serve domestic violence or sexual assault victims can sometimes be scarce, especially in rural areas. But the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is helping to bridge that gap as it relates to Diné College. Learn More

TSAILE, Ariz. —Diné College graduates a large number of students with associate degrees, according to a survey done by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and published in the Dec. 12, 2019, edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a national magazine. Learn More

Diné College 2020 Census Matters

Diné College maintains a key partnership with the Navajo Nation and aims to ensure our students, faculty and staff are knowledgeable about the importance of the Census 2020 and their participation. Download the college’s engagement plan here: Census 2020_DC Engagement Plan

To ensure ownership and broad campus participation, we have created outreach materials for on-campus, off-campus and online distribution. Download the most recent flier here: Census 2020_Flyer

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.

Review and download President Roessel’s current curriculum vitae. An updated version is posted each academic year.

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Meet the President's Office

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

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
ccree@dinecollege.edu

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

Adrian Lerma, B.S.
Development and Alumni Officer
Ned Hatathlie Center – 6th Floor
Office of the President
Tsaile, Az 86556
(928) 724-6669
alerma@dinecollege.edu