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 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 where he also served as President of the Downtown Council.
Simpson has served on the boards of several local, State, regional and national organizations including the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. He was recently elected Vice President of the America's State Parks Foundation and he Chairs both Governor Mead's Energy and Natural Resources Policy Team and the Wyoming Recreation Action Team (REACT), a consortium of state and federal land management agencies who work to address issues effecting recreation and tourism in Wyoming and the region.
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 25 years, teaches music at Hobbs Elementary School in Cheyenne. They have three children, Sara, 29, Alex, 23 and Hunter, 20.