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Aspen Institute appoints chair for new council

The Aspen Institute appointed James C. Calaway as the first chair of its newly formed Council of Honorary Trustees. The council, officially created in April of this year, includes 28 former trustees and prominent individuals, including Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara, and Paul Volcker.The council’s chief mission will be to provide the institute’s board with guidance and support based on years of experience in the various fields represented by council members.Jim Calaway is a philanthropist and businessman who lives in Carbondale. He served as the chair of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows before he became a trustee in 1997. In 2000, he was selected as an Honorary Trustee, and was later appointed to the Council of Honorary Trustees after its creation this year. Calaway was in the oil and gas exploration business for over 40 years and retired as chairman of Edge Petroleum in the late 1980s. He now partners with his son in building wind farms in several states to generate renewable energy.In addition, since his retirement, Calaway has set his sights on philanthropy and fund-raising for civic groups and nonprofit organizations, having served as a regent of the University of Corpus Christi, a trustee of Antioch College, and a board member of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation. He served as Treasurer for the American Civil Liberties Union on the national level and is a lifetime member of the NAACP. He co-founded the Colorado Animal Rescue shelter that has taken in, cared for and adopted out over 2,500 homeless dogs and cats. Calaway received two presidential appointments during the Carter administration – to the National Petroleum Council and as Commissioner of Presidential Scholars.In addition, since his retirement, Calaway has set his sights on philanthropy and fund-raising for civic groups and nonprofit organizations, having served as a regent of the University of Corpus Christi, a trustee of Antioch College, and a board member of the Colorado Mountain College Foundation. He served as Treasurer for the American Civil Liberties Union on the national level and is a lifetime member of the NAACP. He co-founded the Colorado Animal Rescue shelter that has taken in, cared for and adopted out over 2,500 homeless dogs and cats. Calaway received two presidential appointments during the Carter administration – to the National Petroleum Council and as Commissioner of Presidential Scholars.


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