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Roessel Named Associate Deputy Director for Bureau of Indian Education

Navajo Nation member joins the Bureau of Indian Education as associate deputy director of schools on the Native American Navajo Reservation.

As of yesterday Charles M. “Monty” Roessel went from being superintendent of Rough Rock Community School, a Navajo Nation-operated K-12 institution near Chinle, Arizona, to overseeing 66 Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded schools on the Navajo Reservation.

“Dr. Roessel’s demonstrated leadership and experience in school administration, Indian education and community development make him an important addition to my team,” said BIE Director Keith Moore in a statement announcing the appointment.

Roessel’s journey at Rough Rock started in 1998 as the director of community services. In that position he wrote grants and developed programs for teacher recruitment and student enrollment. He also coached baseball and taught photography. In July 2000, he became the school’s executive director, and was named the school’s superintendent in 2007.

“I am looking forward to working with them and all of the BIE management team to improve the quality of education in the BIE schools,” said Roessel, Navajo, who is now one of three associate deputy directors who oversee offices serving 183 BIE-funded schools on 64 reservations in 23 states.