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Ken Pepion

A member of the Blackfeet Tribe, Ken Pepion is currently Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Prior to joining FLC, Ken was Director of Faculty Programs in the Office of University Relations and Fellowship Programs at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. From June 2000 to April 2004, Ken served as Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program in the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has also held leadership positions at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the University of Arizona, Montana State University, and the University of Montana. Ken has directed projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Energy, and has served as consultant to foundations and federal agencies in the areas of American Indian education, higher education policy, and math, science, and engineering education. His past service includes membership on the Committee for Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering for the National Science Foundation, the Board of Directors of the All Nations Alliance for Minority Participation, the Tribal College Advisory Committee for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Research Associate with the National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. Ken has also served on the Minority Graduate Education Committee for the Council of Graduate Schools, the Minority Access to Research Careers Advisory Committee for the National Institutes of Health, the Board of Directors for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, and Advisory Board for Math and Science for All. In 2000, Dr. Pepion received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Mentoring. Ken received undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Montana and Montana State University, and completed the Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Administration at the University of Arizona in 1993.