Jun 18th, 2007 @ 7:33 am | Author:
The North Dakota Women's Network named Dr. Ellen-Earle Chaffee "Woman of the Year" at the organization's first annual meeting, training and award dinner held June 15 in Fargo, ND.

In presenting the award, Renee Stromme, Executive Director of the ND Women's Network, said, "Dr. Chaffee is well-known for her phenomenal leadership for women in higher education and beyond. She has long been a champion for women ever since her involvement in advancing the Equal Rights Amendment in North Dakota as a young woman. In those efforts, she was a frequent and compelling speaker on women's equality at schools, community groups, the state legislature, and on radio and television. She was president of the North Dakota Commission on the Status of Women and the first Title IX Compliance Officer at North Dakota State University. She continues to work for women, especially through her focus on equal opportunity for women in higher education."

Dr. Chaffee has been president of Valley City State University (VCSU) since 1993, and also served as President of Mayville State University from 1993 until 2002. The universities were among the first in the nation to integrate information technologies into the teaching and learning processes. During her presidency, VCSU has been named to the U.S. News "Best Colleges" list nine years in a row, was featured in six national publications on instructional innovation, won five national awards, and received a number of highly competitive federal and foundation grants. The American Association of University Administrators and Computerworld have recognized Dr. Chaffee's leadership, as have the Information Technology Council of North Dakota, the Greater North Dakota Association, and Preservation North Dakota. Dr. Chaffee has been national president of two major higher education associations and served nine years on the national accrediting board for pharmacy education. She has written five books and many articles on strategic management, quality, innovation, and leadership. Her community service focuses on rural economic development. She earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy analysis at Stanford University.

The ND Women's Network serves for the advancement of women in North Dakota in the areas of health and well-being, employment and earnings, reproductive rights, social and economic autonomy, and political participation. The organization works to improve the lives of North Dakota women, addressing the whole of data available and provide current, effective communication tools to reach and inform one another of needs and progress. As leaders, the North Dakota Women's Network (NDWN) will serve as the catalyst for improving the lives of women through communication, legislation and increased public activism. Additional information is available at www.ndwomen.org.