Peter K. “Pete” Simpson is a Cody, Wyoming native who attended the Cody schools and graduated from the University of Wyoming. He served in the US Navy and afterwards took a master’s degree in history from UW and a PhD from the University of Oregon. He served as Assistant to the President of Casper College and first Coordinator of the UW-Casper College Upper Division. He became Dean of Instruction at Sheridan College; and, during his tenure he was twice elected to the Wyoming House of Representatives.

He was later appointed UW Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the University of Wyoming Foundation. Upon retirement, he served as Simpson Distinguished Professor of Political Sciences and taught until 2012. He is a Distinguished Member of the National Society of American Scholars, a University of Wyoming College of Arts and Sciences Exemplary Alumni, and a recipient of UW’s Medallion Service Award. He and his brother, Al, are enrolled in the University of Wyoming’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Pete continues to participate in cultural and civic affairs and is host of the “Pete Simpson Forum” in the online newspaper, WyoFile. (

Lynne Simpson’s career spans public administration, public affairs, community theater, the arts, and social services. She studied at Cottey College, Hunter College, and the University of Oregon and holds a BA, an MPA and an MAE from the University of Wyoming. Lynne helped establish the Eppson Center for Seniors in Laramie, Wyoming and directed senior services there for twelve years. She co-founded the Laramie Summer Institute for Children, directed the University of Wyoming Renaissance Faire and taught in UW’s Trial Lawyer Institute. She helped found the Wyoming Theater complex for which she was selected Sheridan Citizen of the Year. She served on the Wyoming Council for the Arts, the National Community Theater Association Board, and in 1990, was awarded an NEA Fellowship in Washington, DC. In 2001, she received the Governor’s Arts Award.