American Indian Graduate Center Appoints Joan Currier as Interim Executive Director

Joan Currier

News Release, September 26, 2016 (PDF)

Non-Profit American Indian and Alaska Native Scholarship and Services Organization Begins Hunt for Executive Director

Albuquerque, NM – September 26, 2016 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through higher education support, has appointed Joan Currier as Interim Executive Director.

Currier has worked for AIGC for over 18 years and served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer since 2007. She served as Interim Executive Director in both 2000 and 2006 during AIGC’s executive recruitment.

“Joan is an incredible leader who has dedicated nearly two decades to AIGC,” said AIGC Board President, Rose Graham (Navajo). “She is deeply committed to our mission and ensuring AIGC continues to the meet the needs of today’s American Indian and Alaska Native student population.”

Joan represents AIGC Scholars on the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council and Gates Foundation Domestic Scholarship Provider Partnership. She also serves on the Education Advisory Committee for the Native American Finance Officers’ Association. Her experience at AIGC spans finance, administrative activities and program planning and activity.

“Joan is among a cast of truly amazing leaders that have steered AIGC to meaningful, transformative work in Indian Country,” said Graham. “We value her commitment and competence as we begin the exciting process of finding our next Executive Director.”

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.