Koch named AIRC director

Chrissy Koch has been named the new executive director of the Bemidji State University American Indian Resource Center.

According to a release, Koch is a BSU alumna and has been the center’s outreach specialist since July.

She hopes to draw on her own experiences as a student, her heritage and her strong community connections to recruit students to BSU.

Before joining the AIRC staff,  Koch spent 10 years in a variety of American Indian student-support roles in northern Minnesota K-12 schools.

She has her master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Mary’s U of M, and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in education.

Today will be Koch’s first day as the director of the AIRC.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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