- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - After complaints of nepotism, Haskell Indian Nations University named an interim dean of students to replace the son of the university’s president.

Haskell officials announced Monday that Melissa Holder, an American Indian Studies faculty member, will take over the job that was held by Haskell president Venida Chenault’s son, Joshua Arce.

She will serve part-time as dean of students for 120 days “in a non-supervisory capacity.”

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2dzoLC9 ) last month that Haskell staff and faculty filed several complaints with the Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General over Arce’s influence at the school.

Arce, who is the school’s chief information officer, was acting president and acting vice president at Haskell several times during his mother’s tenure.

Holder is chairwoman of the American Indian Studies department.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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