30 days after a vote of no confidence in her leadership, Vice President of Academic Affairs Melanie Daniel retires

“I recently learned that Ms. Melanie Daniel has decided to retire effective May 28, 2021,” said Acting University President Tamarah Pfeiffer in an email to the Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) campus. Daniel’s retirement comes 30 days after Haskell Faculty Senate passed a no-confidence resolution in Daniel’s leadership.

Haskell Faculty Senate passed two no-confidence resolutions this year. The first resolution declared no-confidence in former president Ronald Graham who was removed from office 36 days later, after an internal investigation. A second resolution was passed on April 30, declaring no confidence in Daniel, who has now entered retirement 30 days later. Both Graham and Daniel did not complete a full year in their positions.

Pfeiffer, who became acting president after Graham’s removal, said in the email, “With this change in leadership at Haskell I’ve asked that Ms. Cheryl [Chuckluck] to serve as the Acting Vice President of Academics. Please join me as she takes on the leadership as Acting VPA for Haskell Indian Nations University. In her place as Dean she has placed Ms. Jacqueline Boyd as Acting Dean of Professional Schools.”

Daniel did not respond to inquiry on her retirement plans or to provide a statement to the HINU community.

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