WINHEC Executive Chairperson -Assistant Professor Jan Henry Keskitalo, Sami University College, Norway
WINHEC Co-Chairs - Professor Bonnie Robertson,Griffith University, Australia, Dr James Shanley, Fort Peck Community College, USA and Trevor Moeke, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, New Zealand
WINHEC Elders -Dr. Lionel Bordeaux, Dr. Rongo Wetere and Dr Turoa Royal
WINHEC EXECUTIVE BOARD - STRUCTURE
The WINHEC Executive Board has an Executive Chairperson and three Co-chairpersons. In addition each participating Nation has two seats on the Board except for Canada and USA which each have four seats. The Executive Board also has the discretionary power to allocate additional special seats.
The Executive Chair and Head Office of WINHEC are held for a three year term by one of the participating Nations. The Executive Board also meet annually in one of the participating Nations.
Members of WINHEC currently represent Alaska, Aotearoa, Australia, Canada, Hawaii, Saamiland, the Continental United States and Taiwan. They are representative of Indigenous Higher Education Institutions such as Wänanga, Tribal Colleges, Cultural Universities and Associations of such institutions.
The Founding Members of the WINHEC Executive Board formed in Canada in 2002 are listed below. Many of these people still serve on the current Board. There are others who initially served as interim members and have been replaced by representatives chosen by their respective nations, and there have also been those who have resigned from the Board. The current Board acknowledges with gratitude the valuable and historical contribution to the formation of WINHEC that all past members of the Board have made.
Turoa Royal - Te Wananga-o-Raukawa, Otaki, Aotearoa
Lionel Bordeaux - Sinte Gleska University, South Dakota, USA
Rongo Wetere - Aotearoa Institute, Aotearoa
Ray Barnhardt - University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska
Merritt Helfferich - Consortium for Alaska Native Higher Education, Alaska
Cheryl Stephens - Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. Whakatane, Aotearoa
Vincent Knox - Gumurrii Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Charlie Broadwater - Gumurrii Centre, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
Richard Jenkins - Nechi Training, Research & Health Promotions Institute, Edmonton, Canada
Peter Hanohano - Native Hawaiian Education Council, Hawai'i
VerlieAnn Leimoni Malina-Wright - Native Hawaiian Education Council, Hawai'i
Tom Davis - Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Minnesota, USA
Della C. Warrior - Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, USA
Ron McNeil - Sitting Bull College, North Dakota, USA
James Shanley - Fort Peck Community College, Montana, USA
Marit Myrvoll - Norway/Saamiland
PARTICIPANTS IN FORMATION MEETING
Shirley DeFoe - Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Minnesota, USA
Schuler Houser - Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, USA
Friends of WINHEC
There are an increasing number of people who are interested in WINHEC activities; many of them have crucial roles within the WINHEC Committees and Working Parties. This group is currently known as the "Friends of WINHEC". Issues around Associate Membership are still to be finalised by the Working Party on the WINHEC Constitution.