Two new Diné College regents are sworn in

Noel Lyn Smith The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The Diné College Board of Regents has new representatives for the Northern and Central agencies.

Greg Bigman was sworn in as the Northern Agency representative, and Johnson Dennison was sworn in as the Central Agency representative during a regular board meeting Friday in Tsaile, Ariz., according to a press release from the college.

The Navajo Nation Council's Naa'bik'íyáti' Committee confirmed both new members on Aug. 17, and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye appointed them to their positions in a letter dated July 23.

Bigman, whose term will end October 2018, is replacing Fannie L. Atcitty, and Dennison, whose term will end October 2019, is replacing Loretta Draper.

Bigman earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of New Mexico in 2004 and completed the alternative teacher licensure program at San Juan College in 2010. He worked for four years as a science teacher at Newcomb High School.

Dennison earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1973 and a master's degree in educational administration in 1978, both from UNM. He was an adjunct faculty member in the college's Teacher Education Program from 1999 to 2014.

Under tribal law, the college's board consists of eight members, including the chairperson of the Health, Education and Human Services Committee, the Navajo Nation Superintendent of Schools and the college's student body president.

The remaining five members represent the Central, Eastern, Fort Defiance, Northern and Western agencies.

In addition to swearing in the two new members on Friday, the board also received reports from the college's administrators and departments and passed funding resolutions for fiscal year 2016, which starts Oct. 1, according to the press release.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 and Follow her @nsmithdt on Twitter.