DALLAS, TEXAS — In July of 2006, Professor Steven Denson was named to the Board of Trustees of the American Indian College Fund. This $30 million endowment is the largest private scholarship fund of its kind. In one of his first duties as trustee, Denson co-hosted the Keepers of the Flame Gala at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River in New York City. The gala raised more than $400,000 for the fund with an additional challenge grant of $1 million from Wal-mart.

These funds are used to support 32 tribal colleges and universities throughout the United States as well as individual American Indian college students. During the summer of 2007 Denson anticipates a tour of many of these colleges and universities. His responsibilities in this require him to routinely travel between Denver, Santa Fe and New York. Denson serves as an adjunct professor in the Cox School of Business at South Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Denson also traveled to Bentonville, Arkansas in the last few months, serving as a consultant to Wal-mart’s corporate headquarters.

Denson, formerly of Wapanucka, in November served as the keynote speaker for the Department of Labor’s Annual Conference, addressing the importance of the Workforce Investment Act as an integral part of maintaining and improving the American economy and the U.S. workforce.

He is active and outspoken in many areas, and regularly quoted in the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Denson graduated from East Central University in 1991 and, as a Wilson Fellow of Princeton, completed his graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University. Denson routinely hosts tours of Meadows Museum for local and area high school honors programs, working with Janis Hardison of Atoka Public Schools.

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