The American Indian Graduate Center has appointed Joan Currier as interim executive director. Currier has worked for AIGC for more than 18 years and served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer since 2007. She’s also served as interim executive director in both 2000 and 2006.
“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 meet the needs of today’s American Indian and Alaska Native student population.”
According to a press release, Currier 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.
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“Joan is among a cast of truly amazing leaders that have steered AIGC to meaningful, transformative work in Indian country,” Graham said. “ We value her commitment and competence as we begin the exciting process of finding our next Executive Director.”
The American Indian Graduate Center is a national organization that has provided educational support to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students through scholarships since 1969. In its 47 years, AIGC has awarded $52 million in scholarships.