Gov. Bill Anoatubby has appointed Chris Wesberry director of Adult Training within the Chickasaw Nation Department of Community Services.
“Chris Wesberry understands the vital role education and training play in the success of individual Chickasaws and the Chickasaw Nation as a whole,” Anoatubby said. “His extensive experience in the field of education helps him better understand the needs of adult students today.”
In 2017, Wesberry earned a doctorate in higher education leadership from Northcentral University.
“I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Anoatubby to serve Chickasaw citizens from this position,” Wesberry said. “We have the opportunity to serve citizens every day and do that in a way that improves lives. We are here to help.”
Wesberry now oversees three career training service branches: the Chickasaw Institute, Career Development and Career Enhancement. Each serves a different population.
The Chickasaw Institute provides certification and career development opportunities to Chickasaw citizens, often involving on-the-job training in areas such as medical coding, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, construction technology and nursing assistance.
Career Development services provides employment training benefits to individuals with employment barriers, such as limited work histories, minor criminal charges, educational needs, or child care and transportation issues.
In addition, Wesberry’s work for the Chickasaw Nation involves meeting training and job placement needs, as well as preparing Chickasaw citizens for future employment with on-the-job training.
He also works directly with the Career Development senior management team to provide optimal services and assistance for employees and citizens.
Wesberry points to his parents, who both worked at Byng High School, for teaching him how to work hard and with passion. He graduated from Byng, then moved on to East Central University where he earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree in Education from East Central University.
Wesberry completed his doctoral dissertation titled “Cultural Competency Perceptions: American Indian/Alaskan Native College Students and Academic Advisors” in 2017. He earned a doctorate in higher education leadership from Northcentral University.
Wesberry has served the Chickasaw Nation since 1997. His professional roles have included curriculum coordinator for Chickasaw Nation Upward Bound, education specialist, program manager for education services, senior manager of the Chickasaw Institute, as well as the recent appointment of adult training director.
Wesberry’s professional history has centered on education. His first job was at Carter Seminary in Ardmore. He has executed leadership and educational roles with the Choctaw Nation, East Central University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Whether working directly with a tribe to enhance their educational endeavors, or working with a university in the area of Native American studies, Wesberry has dedicated his career to raising Native people up through academia.
Wesberry said his family continued to be a source of inspiration. His wife, Stacy, and children, Caley and Les, keep him motivated to do his best.