Presidential Search - Leech Lake Tribal College

Leech Lake Tribal College Board of Trustees seeks a visionary and strategic person who will be committed to the college’s mission that provides quality higher education grounded in Anishinaabe values. The college provides innovative undergraduate education and contributes to the development of society and the individual.

The President serves as the chief executive officer of the college and provides leadership and direction for all college aspects. The ideal candidate should have the demonstrated ability to lead a complex organization. He or she must be an innovative thinker with the ability to develop, communicate and implement new ideas. Must possess an understanding of excellent teaching and scholarship; a collaborative leadership style; an appreciation for the importance of community relations and a willingness to serve as a community, regional and state wide opinion leader; entrepreneurial business skills to accomplish growth in an increasingly competitive environment; and financial ability with a demonstrated history of sound fiscal management and successful fundraising. The President implements policies and procedures set forth by a seven-member Board of Trustees, the governing body of the institution.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for the President’s position, please submit the following documents:

LLTC job application (available online) Letter of interest
Curriculum vitae
Three–five professional references

Copy or Official graduate transcript(s)
A personal education philosophy statement


 PhD or EdD in Education or related field and an ABD will be considered, with 3-5 years demonstrated leadership and effective administrative experience in higher education required

  Prior experience in working with tribal, state and federal government

  Experience in strategic planning, financial planning and fundraising, and public relations

  Teaching experience at the post-secondary level

  Knowledge in Anishinaabe culture, history and language

  Demonstrated professional and ethical integrity

  Proven oral and written communication skills with a broad range of constituents

  A strong commitment to the mission and vision of the college, including support for LLTC’s emphasis on Anishinaabe values, culturally infused curricula, lifelong learning, and community service

  • Position is open until filled. The search committee will begin review of applications immediately and continue to work until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration, interested applicants should submit a LLTC job application, letter of interest, curriculum vitae, the names, email address, and phone numbers of three - five references, copy or official transcripts, and a personal education philosophy statement by May 18, 2015. Leech Lake Tribal College exercises Native Preference in hiring.

    Please mail completed application materials to: LLTC Presidential Search Committee (PMB 240) 215 Paul Bunyan Drive NW Bemidji, MN 56601 Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mission Statement

Leech Lake Tribal College provides quality higher education grounded in Anishinaabe values.


To be recognized as a center of academic

excellence that advances the Anishinaabe worldview and empowers life-long learners who are fully engaged citizens, stewards, and leaders.

Philosophy & Values

We observe and value the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

According to the Anishinaabe worldview, humans did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. Therefore, kinship among all of creation, not the mastery of our relatives (other humans, animals, plants, etc.) is vital to harmonious living. To adhere to this philosophy is to be guided by the following values:

  • Inendizowin (Humility) - Recognize oneself as an equal part of creation

  • Debwewin (Truth) - Speak as honestly as one can according to one's perception

  • Zoongide'iwin (Courage) - Face difficult situations with bravery

  • Gwayakwaadiziwin (Honesty) - Communicate with others fairly and truthfully

  • Manaaji'idiwin (Respect) - Accept cultural, religious, and gender differences

  • Zaagi'idiwin (Love) - Work cooperatively and harmoniously with others

  • Nibwaakaawin (Wisdom) - Persist in acquiring knowledge and improving skills


    Leech Lake Tribal College is a fully accredited institution of higher learning.

    Degree Programs

    Leech Lake Tribal College offers a variety of A.A., A.S. and A.A.S. degree programs as well as two diploma programs and a Child Development Associate certificate.

    • Liberal Education

    • Liberal Education with STEM Emphasis

    • Indigenous Leadership

    • Early Childhood Education

    • Natural Science

    • Forest Ecology

    • Business Management

    • Law Enforcement

    • Construction Electricity

    • Residential Carpentry

Leech Lake Tribal College History

The Leech Lake Tribal College was created by Tribal Resolution of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in July of 1990. The mission of the college is to provide quality Higher Education grounded in Anishinaabe values. The first two years, courses were offered in extension from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, Bemidji State University, Itasca and Brainerd Community Colleges. In the fall quarter of 1992, LLTC had its first graduate of the Associate of Arts program in Anishinaabe Language and Culture in the spring of 1993. In 1994, the college was accorded status as a Land Grant Institution by the United States Congress. Also in 1994, seventeen graduates completed their Associate of Arts degrees and Associate of Applied Science degrees. By the spring of 1995, the number of graduates had increased to twenty-four.

The college moved classrooms and administration to the former Cass Lake High School building in the fall of 1994, resulting in an increased student enrollment of 196. These students were enrolled in two year Associate of Arts transfer degree programs, or in two-year technical programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree, or in one-year vocational programs. In 2005, the college moved to its current location on 6945 Littlewolf Road, and began to lay the foundation for the future of LLTC.

The Leech Lake Tribal College (including the Red Lake Campus) includes approximately 60 faculty, staff, administrators, and 350 students. Most of our students come from the Leech Lake and Red Lake Reservations. Approximately 5% of the student population is non-Indian. The college was accredited as a post-secondary Vocational School in 1993. The college was awarded candidacy status with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2002 for its associate degree programs, and continued candidacy in 2004. Full accreditation status was granted on September 26, 2006 for the maximum initial accreditation period of five years, with no focus visits required.

The past few years have been years of growth. In 2014 the college made a jump into college athletics. The LLTC Lakers will compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III level and are a member of the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NIAC). The campus has become commercial tobacco free ensuring that the college will not prohibit the use of traditional/ceremonial/sacred use of tobacco on campus grounds, or infringe in any manner on tobacco cultivation or harvesting for spiritual or ceremonial use. In 2015 the campus welcomed its newest building with the Grand Opening of a $2.7 million, 9,000 square ft. Library Facility. The facility marked the first Capital Campaign in the school’s history, and houses the Library, Learning Center, a SMART Classroom, and 56 computers. With a recent increased amount of scholarships available to students, Leech Lake Tribal College is positioning itself to have the infrastructure and resources to attract quality students for generations to come.



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