Art Quinn was director of Upward Bound at what was then Black Hills State College (now Black Hills State University) in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Art’s commitment to his students was without bounds; he would stop at absolutely nothing to support and advocate for them. To see his students in the wide UB target area, Art cruised western South Dakota in his giant old Chrysler. The Chrysler was also his office, and the back seat was crammed with files and resources. Art was known first for his commitment, but also for his humor and infectious laughter. He served as State President for South Dakota in the early 1980’s as ASPIRE was in its early stages of growth and development.
Art passed away while awaiting word on project funding during a grant competition. He will be forever be remembered as the epitome of unlimited and heart-felt commitment to first generation and low income students, to TRIO, and to ASPIRE.