Haskell Indian Nations University President Under Fire

LAWRENCE, Kan.

The embattled president of Haskell Indian Nations University is standing firm while the university’s Board of Regents asks for her dismissal and nearly half of the students have signed petitions seeking her resignation.

More than 100 students and faculty members attended a forum Friday in the school auditorium designed to deal with the storm surrounding Linda Sue Warner, president of Haskell, the nation’s only federally funded four-year college devoted to American Indians.

Dozens of students spoke out, accusing Warner of trying to increase student fees while doing little to address campus safety or an antiquated computer system.

“The students are calling for action,” said Brenda Councillor, a member of the Student Senate and the author of a petition signed by 400 students calling for Warner’s ouster. “I do not follow her leadership.” The school has about 1,000 students.

Warner directed questions about her tenure to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education, which oversees Haskell.

Warner has made changes since becoming president of Haskell two years ago. She has added a new campus research center, implemented a new student health program, signed cooperative agreements with other universities and started work to expand degree options. A new personnel policy was established, and some faculty members were reassigned.

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