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Simms tapped to head American Indian and Alaska Native program

Winona F. Simms, an assistant professor of counseling at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, has been appointed assistant dean of students/director of the American Indian and Alaska Native Program, effective Aug 18, Dean of Students Marc Wais has announced.

Simms has been a faculty member and administrator at the University of North Dakota. She has been involved with improving the college experience of Native students and also has served as a consultant for various organizations.

Dr. Robert Warrior, English, chaired the search committee, which presented a group of finalists from a national pool of 72 applicants to Wais, who made the final decision.

"What the students said and feel they need is somebody with a really strong background in counseling, and that's what she has," Warrior said.

Simms will replace acting director Denni Woodward, who took over after Benny Shendo announced his departure last fall.

The American Indian and Alaska Native Program works to recruit Native American students to Stanford and serves the university's Native American student population by administering various programs, many of which involve the Native American Cultural Center. The center serves as a classroom, gathering place, computer center and headquarters for more than 20 groups.


By Justin Pope

This release was written by Justin Pope, an intern with Stanford News Service.