Adelheid Hermann was born in Levelock, Alaska and raised in Naknek, Alaska. She is Athabascan and is a shareholder of Bristol Bay Native Corporation. Adelheid graduated from Bristol Bay High School (Naknek) in 1970. She received her undergraduate degree in public policy, fisheries, and native studies from Antioch University in Seattle, Washington in 1999. Received her doctorate degree in education in organizational leadership with an emphasis in fisheries and oceans from the University of La Verne in La Verne, California in 2013. Adelheid has worked various jobs over the years such as administration, working in the seafood industry, assisting in workforce development programs, and serving in the House of Representatives from 1983-1989. She is currently involved in a post-doctoral research program for the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from November 2019 to present. She presently serves as a board member on the Bristol Bay Borough Chamber of Commerce and the Western Regional Panel of Aquatic Nuisance Species.
Adelheid is interested in being on Alaska Pacific University’s Elder’s Council because for many years she has followed the tribal college concept and believe it is something that will be able to help Alaskan Native peoples be in charge of their own educational destiny. Alaskan Native peoples have lived with educational systems that do not reflect their ways of knowing and teaching and with the tribal college system bringing relevance to their education can now help tribal members excel in a formal educational setting. The expertise she can bring to APU’s Elder’s Council is the background and knowledge she has in education, fisheries, workforce development, public policy and living in rural Alaska. Working collaboratively with the other members on the APU Elder’s Council makes for a strong team with a diverse set of skills, education and knowledge. She is honored to serve with this council.