Chief Glenna J. Wallace, EdS, MA, BA
Glenna Wallace is chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma in Ottawa County, Oklahoma — one of three federally recognized Shawnee tribes. Since 2006, Chief Wallace has served as the tribe’s first-ever female chief. She works with federal, tribal, state, community and individual entities, consistently emphasizing education, historical preservation, rebirth of cultural awareness and economic security. She worked in the Eastern Shawnee Business Committee for 18 years prior to her tenure as chief.
Chief Wallace also worked at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, for more than 38 years as an instructor, department chair, division chair, director of travel and interim academic dean. She taught more than 25,000 students and traveled to more than 70 countries.
In addition to the KCU Board of Trustees, Chief Wallace has served on the Seneca R-VII Board of Education, Seneca Public Schools Foundation Board and People’s Bank Board of Seneca in Seneca, Missouri. She also served on the Claremore Indian Hospital Board of Trustees, Pittsburg State University Foundation Board of Trustees, UNESCO World Heritage Steering Committee, Indiana University’s First Nations Leadership Ambassadors Council and the Inter-Tribal Council.
Chief Wallace earned Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from Pittsburg State University, and she continued post-graduate studies via The University of Tulsa, University of Arkansas and Southwest Missouri State University (presently known as Missouri State University).