Simpson College is proud to announce that Ray Walton has been named interim director of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center, to be effective at the end of this semester.
Walton will replace Mary Sheka, who will be leaving the college to become director of the Iowa Mentoring Partnership.
The Culver Center, a non-partisan organization, strives to inspire students to public service and civic engagement, and to educate them about policy issues facing the community, the state and the nation.
Walton is a member of the center’s advisory board. A graduate of Simpson and a native and resident of Indianola, he has experience in the U.S. military and private sector. He previously served as director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services and currently serves as executive director of the National Association of State Chief Administrators.
“We are most grateful to have the benefit of Ray Walton’s expertise at this time of transition,” for the Culver Center, former U.S. Sen. John Culver said. “His abilities, talent and commitment to the Center and to Simpson will be invaluable.”
The Culver Center will be busy in the spring of 2014.
Speakers will include former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyoming), Co-Chair of the Simpson-Bowles Commission (National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform), and David Axelrod, who was the senior advisor to President Obama and senior political advisor in the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns.
In addition, Walton said, “In March we will honor the first recipient of the Inspiration to Service Award, given to an outstanding Iowan for inspiring young people to engage in public or civic service.”