American Indian Graduate Center Installs New Board Leadership

Board of Directors at Native Scholarship Organization Represent a Breadth of Expertise

2016_08 AIGC BoD Press Release_FINAL (PDF)

Board of Directors at Native Scholarship Organization Represent a Breadth of Expertise

Albuquerque, NM – August 8, 2016 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, recently announced the installment of its newest board leadership – Rose Graham (Diné) as Board President, Joel M. Frank, Sr. (Seminole Tribe of Florida) as Vice President and Steve Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians) as Secretary-Treasurer.

“To support up-and-coming leaders in Indian Country, we must involve the nation’s current leaders in Indian Country,” said Interim Executive Director Joan Currier. “Our newly-appointed board leadership and incumbent board members bring diversity in industry, geography and expertise to AIGC to ensure we continue to serve our students in the best ways possible.”

Graham, who served as vice president of the board in the previous term, is the Director of the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance in Window Rock, AZ, which serves more than 10,000 Navajo students pursuing post-secondary education. Prior to this, Graham worked with the Navajo Nation Council for nine years as Legislative Services Director, Legislative Advisory and Interpreter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Fort Lewis College.

Incoming Board Vice President Frank served as a board member in the previous term. Frank has committed his career to the furtherance of tribal self-determination, economic prosperity and community development for all of Native American Tribes.

Incoming Secretary-Treasurer Stallings’ background is in American Indian economic development, including past positions as president of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, senior vice president at Wells Fargo, secretary-treasurer on the AIGC Board, chairman of the Los Angeles City and County Native American Commission, and Native American community development officer at the First Interstate Bank of Arizona. He served as a board member during the previous term.

Continuing as Board Members at Large this year are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Walter Lamar (Blackfeet, Wichita), Dana Arviso (Diné), and Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe).

“We extend a special recognition to outgoing Board President Michael Bird,” said Interim Executive Director Joan Currier. “Mr. Bird served AIGC with outstanding leadership, thoughtful perspective, and joyful camaraderie. He left his stamp on AIGC and we grateful for his commitment to our organization.”

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.

 

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.

3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110

(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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