NAIITS gets a new Academic Dean!

The board, faculty, and staff, are pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Gene Green as our Academic Dean effective July 1, 2018.

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After teaching and serving in academic administration in Latin America, Gene and his wife Deborah came to Wheaton, Illinois, where Gene teaches New Testament at Wheaton College. Deborah is a Nurse Midwife who works in women’s health. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Gene has been instrumental in Wheaton’s engagement with Native issues over the past decade, teaching courses, leading faculty seminars and organizing events on Indigenous studies. In addition, Genes serves as Co-chair for the United Methodist Committee on Native American Ministries and sits on the leadership circle of the only Native church in Chicago, the St. Kateri Center. The respect he has earned in Native North America has been nothing short of stellar.

More important to his appointment with NAIITS, Gene and Deb have been active in the NAIITS community for a number of years, supporting and advocating for its unique programs and goals. Both of them have become well-respected non-Indigenous members of the community, demonstrating their deep commitment to the well being of the Indigenous-led initiatives of NAIITS time and again.

Gene holds a PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen and teaches with a passion for understanding Scripture in its varied contexts, both ancient and contemporary. With that in mind, he will be taking up his duties with an eagerness to assist the NAIITS community – faculty, staff, students, and our partners – not simply in terms of programs and overall numbers, but in terms of its uniqueness and effectiveness. In Gene’s words, “As dean I want to make sure that this non-Indigenous person remains as far in the background as I can be in order to ensure Indigenous peoples’ imprint on this vital work is always clear and prominent.”