Dr. Wayne Lee Mitchell '57
June 26, 2012
Dr. Wayne Lee Mitchell of Rapid City, South Dakota, has earned himself national recognition as he’s traveled the southwestern United States -- as a professor, as a trustee, as an employee, and as an author.
He launched his career off of a doctoral degree in political studies from Arizona State University after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.
Before all that, however, Dr. Mitchell began his higher education at Bacone College, graduating in 1957 as class salutatorian and student body president. He first came to Bacone in 1952 as a high school student after attending both Indian institutes and several public schools.
Dr. Mitchell’s career includes five years at ASU as an assistant professor, work with the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service (where he was named professional employee of the year), time as a member of the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.
He has also published several articles in various publications. His most recent publication, a profile book of successful Phoenix American Indian women, was published in conjunction with a student’s project. The book, “American Indian Women: Leaders in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun - 2007,” is available in Bacone’s library.
Dr. Mitchell’s driven achievements have been recognized a number of times, including two Lifetime Achievement Awards given from the state of Arizona and the city of Phoenix’s “Native American Recognition Days,” respectively. In 2003, he received an “Outstanding Alumnus” award from Arizona State University.
He also belongs to two scholastic honor societies, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa. After 30 years with Phi Delta Kappa, Dr. Mitchell is regarded as an “emeritus” member.
Throughout his career, Dr. Mitchell has voiced his appreciation for his experiences at Bacone and the opportunities the school gave him. “These experiences and opportunities helped me to achieve many of my career and personal goals,” he writes, “as well as enriching my life.”