2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Milward Simpson was appointed Director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources by Governor Dave Freudenthal in July of 2006 after serving for a short time as the Administrator of the Division of Cultural Resources. He served the previous two years as Manager of the Wyoming Arts Council.
Prior to entering state service, he spent several years in the nonprofit sector as an arts administrator including, most recently, a three-year stint as the Executive Director of a regional performing and visual arts center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. While there he served as President of the Downtown Council where he worked with the city’s Historic Preservation Commission on downtown historic preservation efforts.
Simpson has served on a number of statewide and regional boards and commissions including the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. He currently co-chairs the Wyoming Recreation Action Team (REACT), a consortium of state and federal land management agencies who work to build partnerships and address issues affecting recreation and tourism in Wyoming.
Simpson, a fifth generation Wyomingite, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Humanities from the University of Colorado at Denver. Amy, his wife of 19 years, teaches music at Hobbs Elementary School in Cheyenne. They have three children, Sara, 23, Alex, 17 and Hunter, 15.