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American Indian Leadership Program Celebrating 40th Anniversary

News release about continuing activities to celebrate the AILP 40th year

by Joe Savrock (November 2009)

The American Indian Leadership Program (AILP) in the Penn State College of Education is celebrating its 40th anniversary with events scheduled throughout the 2009–10 academic year.

Tippeconnic, J.jpgUnder the leadership of John Tippeconnic, Batschelet chaired professor of educational administration, and Susan Faircloth, associate professor of educational leadership, the AILP is continuing its tradition of excellence.

AILP has already held a number of events and more are forthcoming. During the spring 2010 semester, two prominent leaders in American Indian education will be visiting the Penn State campus to deliver presentations, on dates not yet determined:

  • Sandy Grande, associate professor at Connecticut College and author of the book Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought.
  • Linda Sue Warner '78 M.S., president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., and an alumnus of AILP.


faircloth_susan.jpgPast events included an art exhibit, “Tradition is My Life: Education is My Future,” featuring winning entries from an annual contest sponsored by the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education. Other events have included presentations on the Penn State campus and a reception at the National Indian Education Association last October. AILP also hosted a Leadership Forum on Indian Education last November.

AILP is the nation’s oldest continuously operating educational leadership program for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Since the program was founded in 1970, more than 220 American Indian and Alaska Native students have earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the program and have gone on to pursue leadership positions at the local, tribal, state, and national levels.

With the start of this academic year, the AILP has welcomed ten American Indian/Alaska Native graduate Fellows who are pursuing master’s degrees in educational leadership while earning their principal certification. The fellowships to support these new graduate students are part of a $960,000 grant from the Office of Indian Education, an office of the U.S. Department of Education.