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Diana Canku (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), president of Sisseton Wahpeton College and a 2009-10 academic year fellow in the American Indian College Fund’s Andrew W. Mellon Career Enhancement Program, successfully defended her dissertation and completed her doctorate degree.

Under the program, fellows receive a $30,000 sabbatical fellowship with additional funding for research-related travel, with the purpose of increasing the intellectual capital, job satisfaction and retention among faculty at the 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities. The fellowship allows for release time from fellows’ usual duties to complete their dissertation.

Prior to becoming president of Sisseton Wahpeton College, Dr. Canku served as the college’s chief administrative officer and vocational education program director. She earned a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix, and her Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University. Dr. Canku served on the board of the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges, Quality Education for Minorities, and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Her dissertation is titled “The Impact of Earning a Degree at Sisseton Wahpeton College.”