Kuskokwim Campus Director Candidates

Two candidates for the Kuskokwim Campus Director position will give a public presentation as part of the selection process. Individual presentations by Dr. Li Yang and Mr. Lewis Beaver will focus on their vision for the campus. Each session will be a 30-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute question and answer session. Audience members will then be able to complete the online feedback form for each candidate. Faculty, staff, students and community members are strongly encouraged to attend these presentations.

A link to the online feedback form will be posted in the zoom chat and can be found here. You can also find a link on our campus Facebook page until April 7, 2021.


Lewis Beaver

Lewis  Beaver is a Yup’ik from Kwigillingok, Alaska, where he received his traditional training from his grandfather and Western education from the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Lewis is a father of six and grandfather of four. Mr. Beaver attended first the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and then the University of Alaska Anchorage where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s in Educational Leadership. For the past decade Lewis Beaver has been a school principal for the Lower Kuskokwim and Southwest Region School Districts running campuses in both Kongiganak and Manokotak. His passion to see young people rising up and following in his own footsteps by succeeding in the postsecondary environment brings him to his current pursuit of directing the University’s Kuskokwim Campus.


Dr. Li Yang

With more than 10 years of experience in higher education administration in the U.S., Dr. Li Yang started her career teaching English as a second or third language to indigenous students in Xinjiang, one of the most ethnically diverse, culturally rich and yet conflict-stricken regions in China. 

Having studied in three countries (China, Germany and the U.S.) and worked in two, Dr. Yang understands how education contributes to and reflects inequalities in societies, and how education can provide possibilities for individual and societal change toward greater equality. The indigenous culture she grew up with in China has taught her the value of learning from nature, history and people, especially the elders from local community. Bringing in these perspectives to classroom has always been her way of approaching teaching.

Dr. Yang earned a bachelor’s degree in English (with highest distinction), and a master’s degree in British and American literature from Xinjiang University, and holds a doctorate in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has spent much of her professional life in the U.S. developing, managing and recruiting for academic programs and is committed to helping engage scholars and students from diverse backgrounds. Over the past 10 years she has worked for both public and private institutions including Colorado State University, and Gonzaga University.