Norma Lee Harris, 87

Born June 12, 1933

Died December 1, 2020

Rita G. Oakley, 69

Born December 12, 1950

Died December 1, 2020

David Lee Beebe, 73

Born August 20, 1947

Died December 1, 2020

Jody Whitaker, 56

Born March 3, 1964

Died November 29, 2020

Joe Roosevelt Wallace Sr., 80

Born September 15, 1940

Died November 27, 2020

Joann Bishop, 78

Born May 16, 1942

Died November 27, 2020

Calvin Gene Taylor, 94

Born August 18, 1926

Died November 27, 2020

Sharon Kay Smythe, 78

Born May 5, 1942

Died November 27, 2020


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Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 8:41 AM

Dr. Beverly Smith

Bacone College has announced Dr. Beverly Jean Smith, enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Grandfalls, Arizona, has been selected to fill the role of vice president of academic affairs for Bacone College.

Smith, whose Navajo clans are Naakaii Dine’e, Kinlich’iinii, Todich’iinii and Tsenjinkini, is the maternal great-granddaughter of Hastiin Alchini Lani (Muchachos Muchos), one of the markers of the Navajo Treaty of 1868.

Smith attended public schools and residential Indian boarding schools, before earning her Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University in 2001. She then earned a master’s degree in education counseling with a student affairs emphasis in 2011, and in 2017 she earned her doctoral degree in education organization and leadership with a concentration in higher education and a graduate minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Dr. Smith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in American Indian higher education that will benefit and inspire our faculty and students,” said Bacone College President Dr. Ferlin Clark. “We welcome her to our Medicine Wheel circle of learning at our historic college.”

Smith credits her parents for raising her in a deeply traditional and cultural environment and credits her son and network of scholars who mentor and inform her leadership and administrative work.

“My philosophy reflects my grandparents’ cornfield teachings, ‘as long as you have a way, we are happy for you,’ tending and harvesting in good thought and purpose,” Smith said. “I embrace diversity and support President Clark’s vision for Bacone College. I humble myself to be appointed in an administrative leadership position with levels of agendas with and toward student success.”