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Doyon Foundation Executive Director Accepts Position with Doyon, Limited

Sharon McConnell, who has served as executive director of the Doyon Foundation for the past six and a half years, recently accepted the position of vice president of communications at Doyon, Limited. McConnell will assume her new position on October 20, 2008.

“It has been my pleasure to serve as executive director for nearly seven years, carrying out the important mission of Doyon Foundation by providing basic, vocational and competitive scholarships, advancing traditional Native knowledge, and increasing Native student performance levels,” McConnell said. “Higher education has a positive impact on students, their communities, regions and the state economy. I am proud to have been able to be a part of an organization that values education and strives to increase support to students.”

“I have also appreciated the teamwork between the administration and board of directors, which has resulted in many accomplishments,” she continued. “Scholarship awards and amounts have increased, the Effie Kokrine Charter School was established in Fairbanks, the Doyon Foundation Alumni Association was founded, and online software programs were developed and utilized to better communicate with our students, shareholders, donors and alumni. Thank you to everyone involved with the Foundation for making my job so enjoyable.”

Dawn Dinwoodie, president of Doyon Foundation’s board of directors, described Sharon’s time with the Foundation as “very productive.”

“It has been an amazing and productive time during her leadership. Sharon has raised the bar in Foundation activities and management,” Dinwoodie said. “Sharon is highly ethical, and a gracious and a caring person. The Foundation has earned a reputation as one of the best-managed and most successful foundations, due to Sharon’s oversight.”

James Johnsen, Doyon, Limited’s senior vice president of administration, said the company is pleased to have recruited such a highly capable person for the position of vice president of communications.

“The Doyon family of companies is growing fast. With Sharon’s leadership in communications, we will tell our story and build support – among our shareholders, employees, business partners and the public – for Doyon’s exciting future,” Johnsen said.

In response to McConnell’s upcoming departure, Doyon Foundation’s board of directors has established a transition team, which is currently in the process of developing a plan to fill the Foundation’s executive director position.