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CMN Names Sanapaw and Edler For Academic, Institute Offices


College of Menominee Nation staff members Geraldine Sanapaw and Rebecca Edler have assumed additional leadership responsibilities at CMN under the direction of Interim President Christopher Caldwell.


Geraldine Sanapaw

Geraldine Sanapaw

In making the appointments, Caldwell noted that both women have substantial administrative experience in their respective areas and will move into their new roles seamlessly. “We begin a new fiscal year at the College in July and a new fall semester in August,” Caldwell says. “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also beginning many new operational changes in the way we serve our students and other stakeholders. The timing seemed right to enlist these two seasoned managers at this pivotal point.”


Sanapaw, a 15-year employee of CMN, moves from the title Registrar to Interim Chief of Academic Affairs. Her priorities will include the 2020-2021 implementation of COVID-19 responses within the academic program. Also on the docket will be planning and preparation for CMN’s 2021-2020 budget and continuing the College’s work with other local education agencies. Sanapaw began her higher education with an Associate Degree from CMN. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from Silver Lake College, MBA from Lakeland College, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in Leading Innovation and Continuous Improvement.


Rebecca Edler

Rebecca Edler

As the new Acting Director of CMN’s Sustainable Development Institute, Edler is adding Institute-level responsibilities for plan and budget development, grant administration, and supervision to her previous duties role as Sustainability Coordinator. Prior to being named Sustainability Coordinator in 2013, Edler worked for several years as a CMN Admissions and Recruiting Specialist and Academic Advisor. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling/Higher Education from Lakeland, B.A. in Social Science from Silver Lake, and Associate Degree in Applied Science in Supervisory Management. Edler worked for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation and as Program Director of the American Indian Center of the Fox Valley, a program of Goodwill Industries, before joining the CMN staff.


The assignments are interim, Caldwell adds, but the appointments come with full authority and confidence. While courses, initiatives, and services may look different, access, continuity and the quality expected at CMN won’t change: “We’ve just graduated the CMN Class of 2020. Our summer classes are already in session. And a few weeks from now we are going to start our fall semester courses with a rigorous sanitation schedule and as many health precautions as possible. Faculty and staff are continuing to adapt coursework and services so that students can be served either in person or online, as circumstances demand. We are hoping for the best and preparing for whatever might come.”


The College of Menominee Nation is an accredited baccalaureate-level institution offering open enrollment for academic degrees and technical diplomas on campuses in Keshena and Green Bay. Classes for fall semester begin the week of August 16. Applications for fall semester are open through August 7.