Born into the Chickasaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Eber Hampton grew up in California and obtained his B.A. with Honours in Psychology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. He went on to graduate school at the University of California, where he studied the Psychology of Human Learning. Later, he enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1988. Dr. Hampton has since served as director of Harvard’s American Indian Program. After working at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and the College of Rural Alaska, in 1991, Dr. Hampton became president of First Nations University of Canada (formerly Saskatchewan Indian Federated College), and spearheaded the fundraising campaign to build the university’s main campus in Regina.
Dr. Hampton has participated on many Boards and Commissions including the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Advisory Board for the Institute for Aboriginal People’s Health, and is presently a Member of the Saskatchewan Honours Advisory Council, and Board Member of the Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan and of the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO). Dr. Hampton was named as a Regents Fellow of the University of California in 1964, a Bush Leadership Development Fellow, Bush Foundation in 1978. He received the Merit Award for Service from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 1990, and he became an honourary member of University of Regina Chapter, Golden Key International Honour Society in 2001. His writings include the essays “Towards a Redefinition of Indian Education” and “Alaska Recovery and Spirit Camps”. Dr. Eber Hampton lives in Regina, SK.