Dr. Maggie George is the CEO of Indigenous Research Associates, an education consulting firm, and a leadership coach for Achieving the Dream.
Dr. George served as president of Diné College, located on the Navajo Nation, and served as executive director for the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. Dr. George’s experience includes a robust career in administrative roles including director of the American Indian Program at New Mexico State University, director of educational equity and access at the New Mexico Higher Education Department, dean and academic vice-president at Diné College, and dean of the School of Education at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
Dr. George was a faculty member at Haskell and an adjunct faculty member at the American Indian Languages Development Institute at the University of Arizona, as well as a teacher and counselor at K–12 schools in the Bureau of Indian Affairs system in New Mexico. Dr. George continues to work with tribal communites in the US focusing on higher education development for Indigenous populations.
Ph.D. (Higher Education Policy and Leadership) | University of Kansas
M.A. (Guidance and Counseling), B.A. (Elementary Education) | New Mexico Highlands University
CEO | Indigenous Research Associates
Leadership Coach | Achieving the Dream, Inc.
President | Diné College, Navajo Nation
Executive Director | White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities
Director | American Indian Iniatives, State of New Mexico Higher Education Department
How has education changed your life/your family?
My experiences as a first-generation college student motivated me and shaped my work as a higher education professional. Drawing from my cultural upbringing and indigenous ways of knowing, I find that the lessons of being humble, to listen, respect, and show up for others is key to being a change agent.