Major Robinson of Billings has been named to replace Janine Pease on the Montana Board of Regents.

Gov. Brian Schweitzer announced Robinson's appointment to the seven-member board Wednesday.

Pease came to the board in June 2006 to complete the term of Mike Foster of Billings. That term expired Tuesday.

Appointments to the board that oversees higher education in the state are made by the governor and approved by the Montana Senate.

Robinson, 51, grew up in Lame Deer and is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. He has a degree in architecture from the University of New Mexico.

Education was important to his late parents, Cornelius Clayton “Bee” and Joan Robinson, who encouraged their 10 children to go on to college. Five of the Robinson children received degrees, he said.

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Serving on the Board of Regents is a way to honor his parents' commitment to education and give something back, Robinson said Wednesday.

Robinson not only would like to see more students have the opportunity to go to two- and four-year colleges, he also is interested in students' transition into jobs or starting their own businesses after graduating.

Robinson started his own business, Redstone Consulting, which helps tribes and nontribal groups develop projects including water infrastructures, tribal courthouses, detention centers and community buildings.

Robinson was acting coordinator of Indian Affairs and senior economic development specialist in the governor's office.

He co-founded the Montana Indian Business Alliance, the Montana Tribal Tourism Alliance and The People's Partners for Community Development and helped form the Indian Nonprofit Alliance.

He was a member of the State-Tribal Economic Development Commission and the Governor's American Indian Nations Council. Robinson has also owned Red Shed Studios and the Teddy Bee Ranch Bed & Breakfast, and worked as the construction project manager for the Northern Cheyenne.

For more information, contact Mary Pickett at mpickett@billingsgazette.com or 657-1262.