Phil Baird

An enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota), Phil Baird has professional experiences working in education, agriculture, economic development, and Tribal gaming.  He earned his B.S. degree (animal science/pre-veterinary medicine) from South Dakota State University and a masters degree (agricultural education) from Iowa State University. In 1997, Phil was named an SDSU Distinguished Alumnus (Service to Education).  He received an honorary doctorate degree from Sinte Gleska University in 2005.

In professional capacities, Phil worked as a vice president of Sinte Gleska University and as academic vice president of United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota.  He navigated UTTC through a succession transition as interim president in 2014. He returned to Sinte Gleska University in 2016 as the Provost/COO.

Past research work has been focused on projects with 1862 and 1994 land grant institutions. His last USDA research project on bison was completed in 2003, the “Northern Plains 1862/1994 Land Grant Institutions Bison Research Project.” 

Phil previously served as a governor-appointed member of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission. From 2009-2015, he was a board member of the Farmers Legal Action Group, Inc. He is a past policy director of the Board of Agricultural Assembly for the Association of Public Land-grant Universities.

In other leadership positions, he’s been active in promoting multi-cultural education, community and workplace diversity, leadership development, Tribal voter education, bison restoration, western heritage preservation, and rodeo.  He is the co-founder, past president and inductee of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, an award-winning $5.0 million western heritage interpretive center located in Medora, N.D.

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