Cyr selected to head up new college

Press Release

Red Lake Nation College is pleased to announce that Wilfred Cyr has been selected as interim president effective Aug. 19, 2008.
The college’s Board of Regents, chair Lorena Cook, and Lea Perkins, executive director of the Red Nation, asked Cyr, academic dean of the college since October, 2007 and adjunct professor since 2004, to assume the duties of president in an effort to transition seamlessly into the college’s plans for growth as accreditation is sought.
Cyr has a long education history both as an instructor and in tribal college administration.
Beginning in 1985 with Arrowhead Community College, Cyr has 23 years of experience that includes the original facilitation of Fond du Lac’s Tribal College status after he transferred there from Arrowhead in 1994 as a fully-tenured instructor.
Following his tenure at Fond du Lac, Cyr worked with the Seven Generations Institute in Canada for three years, then joined the teaching staff at Leech Lake Tribal College and Red Lake Nation College.
Cyr enthusiastically is seeking agreements with partner education institutions after meeting with senior administrations from White Earth and Leech Lake Tribal Colleges, Bemidji State University, and the University of Minnesota at Crookston, as well as the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks and recently with Penn State.
Cyr’s clear vision for a smooth transition into accreditation is of utmost importance as he seeks candidacy standing for Red Lake Nation College with the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities (now known as the Higher Learning Commission) and regular membership with the American Indian High Education Consortium.
“I am looking forward to establishing Red Lake Nation College as a stand-alone independent college,” Cyr said.