Bisbee Named UI Executive Director of Tribal Relations

Monday, April 7 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – April 4, 2014 – The University of Idaho has appointed Yolanda Bisbee as the executive director of Tribal Relations. She will begin her appointment June 22, 2014.

“Dr. Bisbee’s combination of experience and academic preparation are ideally suited for this position.  I look forward to her leadership in this vital area.  Her appointment allows the university to continue, and in fact expand, our collaborations with Tribal colleagues,” said Katherine Aiken, provost and executive vice president. 

Currently the director of the University of Idaho College Assistance Migrant Program and interim Indigenous Affairs officer, Bisbee’s personal and professional experiences enhance her contributions to the university community.  She is both Hispanic and Native American and is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe. A first generation college student herself, Bisbee’s life experiences, coupled with her scholarship, allow her a cultural literacy of singular value to the University of Idaho and regional tribes.   

“I am very pleased to accept this appointment,” said Bisbee. “This is a position that is very special to me and the students, faculty and staff with whom I interact, I look forward to creating new and strengthening current relationships with regional tribes to better enrich the University of Idaho campus experience for all students, faculty and staff.”

Bisbee has 22 years of work experience at the University of Idaho working at Upward Bound and CAMP and serving in interim roles, such as Indigenous Affairs officer, Diversity Scholarship Development chair and Native American Recruiter and Center director. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Office Administration in 1996, her master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership in 2005 and her doctorate in education in 2013 from the University of Idaho. 

She is active in several professional associations and serves on the UI President’s Diversity Council, Selective Service Board of Idaho, Nez Perce County, UI Financial Aid Committee, HEP/CAMP Association, UI Native American Advisory Board and the University of Idaho Native American Student Association.  

Recent awards at the University include: the Lawrence C. McBride Prize, 2014, the Virginia Wolf Award Recipient, 2014 and Executive Leadership Academy Fellow, 2013.

In her new role, Bisbee will provide counsel to the president, provost and administration regarding Native American/Indigenous national and local issues for strategic planning and policy development; work on program development, implementation and evaluation of tribal related activities that further the university’s strategic action plan goals; serve as the point of contact for indigenous issues; and develop educational materials and protocols regarding tribal/university issues. She will report to the provost and executive vice president.

Bisbee succeeds Dr. Arthur Taylor, who passed away in November. 


Amanda Cairo
University Communications
(208) 885-6259

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