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College Trustees Prepare Search As President Sets Retirement Date

 

The College of Menominee Nation is seeking a new chief executive officer as Dr. Verna Fowler, CMN’s founding president, prepares for retirement effective June 30. Fowler, who was hired by the Menominee Tribal Legislature in Fall 1992, opened the College in Spring Semester 1993.

 

She has piloted the tribal college to standing as an accredited baccalaureate institution with a regional economic impact exceeding $37 million. CMN serves students from campuses in Keshena and Green Bay and as of its Spring 2016 graduation has more than 1,100 alumni.

 

Virginia Nuske, chairwoman of the College’s Board of Trustees, says Fowler’s intention to leave the leadership post has been known by the trustees for several months and has allowed the oversight body to begin transition planning. “The replacement of a long-time leader, and especially of a founding president, is always a challenge for an organization,” Nuske says. “President Fowler has given nearly 24 years of time and talent to building an institution of higher learning that is an asset for our tribe, a major benefit for students in this region, and a model among tribal colleges.”