Glenna J. Wallace was elected to the office of the Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma in 2006.  She is the first woman ever elected to this office.


Work History
From 1968 to 2006, Chief Glenna was employed at Crowder College.  She spent over 38 years in various capacities at the college; some of her positions included:
  • Interim Academic Dean
  • Division Chair of Communications – Fine Arts/Design
  • Department Chair of Communications
  • Instructor of Communications
  • Grant writer
  • Title III Director
  • Director of International Travel
  • Director of Adult Basic Education (GED)
Chief Glenna holds degrees from several institutions:
  • Post Graduate Studies at Tulsa, Arkansas, Southwest Missouri State Universities
  • EDS Pittsburg State University
  • MA Pittsburg State University
  • BA Pittsburg State University
Community Service
Throughout the years Chief Glenna has been active in numerous organizations and boards in the community and for the tribe.
  • Seneca Chamber of Commerce
  • Seneca School Board
  • Seneca Study Club
  • Seneca 4-H Club
  • Eastern Shawnee Tribal Business Committee (18 years)
  • Clan mother for TEAL
  • Neosho Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Chautauqua Performer
  • Intertribal Council
  • Investment Clubs
During her many years of service to academia, the community and the tribe, several organizations have bestowed honors and recognition for her dedication and work:
  • “2009” Participant Colonial Williamsburg Foundation “American Indian Initiative”, Williamsburg, VA“ 2007” Ten Most influential Women in Tri-State Region
  • DAR Heritage Award
  • Outstanding Alumni Wyandotte High School
  • Business & Professional Woman of the Year
  • Soroptimist Woman of Distinction
  • Board Member People’s Bank
  • Governor’s Award for Outstanding Teacher
  • Honorary Lifetime Member Newtonia BPA
  • Local, State, Regional, National Teaching Awards
  • 2006 Eastern Shawnee Senior Princess
  • 2007 Woman Tribal Leader of the Year by Engage Life Program
  • 2007 Ten Most Influential Woman in the Tri-State Region