Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas will inaugurate its seventh president on September 17. The inauguration also marks the official kick-off of Haskell’s 130-year anniversary, with special events planned throughout the school year commemorating Indian education at Haskell.
Dr. Venida Chenault is a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi and Kickapoo tribes. She began her educational career at Haskell in the fall of 1975 and spring of 1984. She transferred to the University of Kansas where she earned her Bachelor’s and then Master’s in Social Welfare in May of 1990 before returning to work at Haskell as a faculty member in 1991.
In 2005, Dr. Chenault completed her doctorate and was selected as Vice President of Academic Affairs where she served for 14 years.
Past honors bestowed onto Dr. Chenault: selected as an American Indian College Fund Mellon Fellow, receiving the American Indian Leadership Award in 2005 from the University of Kansas Indigenous Studies Program, recipient of the Haskell Outstanding Alumni of the Year for her contribution to Indian Education in the spring of 2009.
Haskell will celebrate this occasion with the official inauguration activities beginning at 10 a.m. at the Haskell Auditorium. The inauguration will be followed by a traditional meal from noon to 2 p.m at the Haskell Powwow grounds. An evening dinner will finish the activities at 7:30 p.m. to be held at Curtis Hall (ticket purchase required).