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Colorado College Alumna Becomes Sixth U.S. Administration Nominee

Cynthia Chavez Lamar CC '92 has been nominated to the board of trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development by President Barack Obama. She becomes the sixthColoradoCollegegraduate to be selected for a position in the current administration. Chavez Lamar is the director of theIndianArtsResearchCenterat the School for Advanced Research inSanta Fe,N.M., where she works to foster collaborative relationships and projects among Native peoples, organizations, and institutions. She is the former museum director of theIndianPuebloCulturalCenterinAlbuquerque, and the former associate curator of the Smithsonian’sNationalMuseumof the American Indian inWashington,D.C.

ColoradoCollegepresented her with an honorary doctorate in 2008. Chavez Lamar also was the guest lecturer at CC's October 2008 Aficionados Luncheon and Lecture.

She joins the following five CC alumni in the current administration:

  • Harris Sherman ’64, agriculture undersecretary for natural resources and environment
  • Jane Lubchenco ’69, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Marcia Kemper McNutt ’74, director of the U.S. Geological Survey
  • Ken Salazar ’77, Secretary of the Interior
  • Lori Garver ’83, deputy administrator at NASA