David Beaulieu, PhD

Member, CAL Board of Trustees 2011-2016

Professor of Education Policy & Community Studies and Director, Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Dr. David Beaulieu is currently serving as the Electa Quinney Endowed Professor of American Indian Ed. and Prof. of Ed. Policy & Community Studies at the U. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is also Director of the Electa Quinney American Indian Ed. Institute. He was the 2005 President of the National Indian Ed. Association, and served on its Bd. of Directors from 2003-2006, where he worked on developing the legislative strategy response to the No Child Left Behind Act and to initiate and develop a National Native Children’s Agenda.

Dr. Beaulieu served as Director of the Office of Indian Ed., U.S. Dept. of Education, from 1997 to 2001, where he was responsible for managing programs, coordinating policy development, and identifying research topics and priorities affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives. He worked to develop and implement President Clinton’s Executive Order on American and Alaska Native Ed. He was appointed in 1991 by the U.S. Secretary of Education to the Indian Nations at Risk Task Force, which was created to advise and make recommendations to the Secretary and the Nation on the condition of the education of American Indians in the United States.

Dr. Beaulieu was also Director of Indian Education for the State of Minnesota from 1984 until July 1991. Governor Arne H. Carlson appointed him as Commissioner of the Department of Human Rights for the State of Minnesota in 1991, serving in both of the Governor’s two terms, and becoming the first American Indian to be appointed as a Commissioner in a state government. He was Vice President of Sint Gleska College, Rosebud, South Dakota, which is the first Tribally-Chartered, Indian-controlled college to achieve accreditation for the Bachelor and Master Degree. He is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation.

He was also the Editor of the Journal of American Indian Education focused on research and policy issues. It has been continuously published since 1961. Dr. Beaulieu earned his Ph.D. in Ed. Administration from the U. of Minnesota and is a former Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Darcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian, Newberry Library, in Chicago.