News Release – Diné College Board of Regents Selected for 2021 Nason Leadership Award

The Diné College Board of Regents at one of their regularly scheduled board meetings before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Diné College Board of Regents Selected for 2021 Nason Leadership Award


Feb. 1, 2021

TSAILE, Ariz. — The Diné College Board of Regents was recently recognized by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) with the 2021 John W. Nason award for leadership and progressive initiatives.

The AGB is the premier organization that represents higher education governing boards and operates in partnership with the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA), a Fortune 100 financial services organization dedicated to helping clients pursue financial well-being, announced that Diné College was the sole Native American institution chosen for the honor.
The award was formally presented Jan. 27. A second award presentation takes place in April.

“Having the acknowledgement for our board’s leadership is a great achievement,” Diné College Board of Regents President Greg Bigman said. “The journey was a challenge because we, as a board, didn’t agree on everything. Furthermore, the changes that happened over the years required a lot of trust, accountability and hours of work often away from our families, on weekends and near holidays. The commitment and leadership shown by the board demonstrates the values of exemplified in this award and our customary values to be a Na’taanii.”

In addition to confronting the significant effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recipients of this year’s award addressed pressing issues related to board culture, presidential transitions, community advocacy, and other important matters, Morgan Alexander, assistant director of public policy and strategic communications at AGB, said.

“This year’s honorees were chosen from among more than 35 nominations illustrating the essential work of boards from public and private institutions, statewide systems, and institutionally related foundations,” Alexander said.

“The coronavirus is but one of many challenges that higher education is facing. We hope that recognizing boards that are strategic partners of their institutions will give others the courage to lead their institutions or foundations in a similar fashion,” Henry Stoever, AGB president and CEO, stated. “I am excited to share the great work and success that these honorees have achieved when we hold our upcoming events.”

The Washington, D.C.-based Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges is the premier membership organization that strengthens higher education governing boards and the strategic roles they serve within their organizations. Other award honorees included the University of Vermont, the University of Tennessee, the American University of Beirut, Colorado State University and the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University in Louisiana.


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