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Honoring great leaders

Written by Marketing Communications
April 20, 2010

Two leaders in expanding access to higher education will be celebrated at this SU’s commencement ceremonies on June 13.

President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., announced today that Bob Craves, CEO and co-founder of College Success Foundation, will receive an honorary doctorate at the undergraduate ceremony; Cheryl Crazy Bull, president of Northwest Indian College, will receive an honorary doctorate at the graduate ceremony.

“Bob Craves, in my mind, is the single most important person in Washington State for increasing access to college, particularly for underrepresented minorities,” said Father Sundborg.

Craves co-founded the College Success Foundation in 2000, which brings together community leaders from across Washington to help students who are left behind in higher education because of a lack of support from existing government and scholarship programs. Since 2000, the foundation has worked in schools across the state and disbursed more than $107 million in scholarship funds to 6,000 students.

From 1997-2005, Craves served as chairman of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board and in 1998, was appointed co-chair of the 2020 Commission on the Future of Postsecondary Education. At the conclusion of the commission, Craves co-founded the College Success Foundation, formerly the Washington Education Foundation, with fellow board member Ann Ramsay-Jenkins. He is a member of the boards of trustees at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., the Arizona Scholarship Foundation and the Le May Museum. He was also one of the founding officers of Costco Wholesale Corporation and served as senior vice president of membership and marketing until 2000.

“Cheryl Crazy Bull is a person we’ve been wanting for some time to celebrate for her leadership in education,” said Sundborg. “I am delighted we now have that opportunity.”

Crazy Bull, a citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, is nationally recognized for her work with higher education and native populations in the United States. Since 2002, she has been president of Northwest Indian College, located on the Lummi Indian Reservation and with extended campus sites at other tribal locations in the Pacific Northwest. 

The college, with a student body representing 100 tribes, is the only regional tribal college serving multiple tribes throughout the Northwest. Accessibility to postsecondary education for Native Americans and honoring Native cultures are important to Crazy Bull, who serves on the Executive Board of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium as a member of the Board of the National Museum of the American Indian and Whatcom United Way. Previously, she served at Sinte Gleska University in Mission, SD, in many roles there:  vice president, administration, director for institutional relations, dean for instructional programs, director for Women’s Project, planning officer, instructor and department chair.