LAWRENCE, Kan. — The son of Haskell University’s president will no longer serve in one of two high-level positions at the federally operated tribal school in Lawrence.

Joshua Arce had been serving as both head of Haskell’s IT department and as its acting dean of students. But an email sent to Haskell staff this week and labeled “effective immediately” indicates Joshua Arce is no longer acting dean of students, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (

Since his mother, Venida Chenault, became president of Haskell in January 2014, Arce also has been named acting president for brief periods, other internal documents show.

Arce’s relationship to Chenault has prompted complaints from faculty, who received an email in January announcing he would be acting dean of students and serve in that position half time while also working as CIO through May. The email said he would be in charge of student activities and recreation, student rights, conduct and housing, and would be co-supervisor of counseling services.

American Indian Studies professor Theresa Milk said the recent email, which said Arce’s acting dean position ended as of Sept. 1, was “still not solving the problem.”

Critics note that Bureau of Indian Education policies say the agency prefers family members not to work in the same supervision or program area — or even at the same school — if one of them is a supervisor or manager.

The Bureau of Indian Education said Chenault recused herself from directly overseeing Arce in his role as CIO and that his position as acting dean of students was temporary until the job could be filled.

Haskell officials didn’t return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World,