Mr. Kyle Ethelbah is currently the Director of Federal TRIO Programs at the University of Utah and the Founder and CEO of Positive Native LLC, an agency whose goal is to address health disparities and educational opportunity training needs within agencies and organizations that serve low income communities. Mr. Ethelbah comes to the University of Utah most recently from the University of Arizona where he served as the Director of the Native American Student Affairs office. However, he has extensive history with Federal TRIO Programs as he served as the Director for Adult Educational Services (an EOC Project) and Educational Talent Search with the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) from 1999 until 2011. He has served as President of the National Educational Opportunity Centers Association and has also served as a consultant for the Council for Opportunity in Education.
Mr. Ethelbah has 26 years of personal and professional TRiO Experience. He is an Upward Bound and Student Support Services alumnus and a proud member of ‘Dischiidn’ (Bear) clan of the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Central, Eastern, Arizona. He received a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) – Health Promotion emphasis from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently completing credits toward a graduate Certificate in American Indian Health (CAIH) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.