Dr. John D. Arnold, Class of 1961

Education & International Relations

Dr John David Arnold PhDarnold_johnDr. John David Arnold graduated from Pueblo High in 1961. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Sociology, two Master’s degrees in Administration and Education, (M. Ed) and two Ph.D.’s in the same field from the University of Arizona. Dr. Arnold started his public service as a young man in migrant ministries in Santa Cruz Valley, Rillito, and Marana, and was an ordained Pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church in Catalina, Arizona by the age of 18.

In 1967, while working for the Head Start Program, he founded PPEP, Inc. to “improve the quality of life” of the farmworkers and rural poor. He served on the Tucson Metropolitan Education Council for ten years from 1990 to 2000 helping establish eleven PPEP TEC charter high schools. Dr. Arnold served on the National Farmworker Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Labor under three U.S. Secretaries. In 2005, he organized the Hurricanes Katrina/Rita Farmworker Relief partnership that included World Care, LULAC, and Mississippi Delta Council.

In 2008, LULAC created a National Humanitarian Award in his name. The LULAC national President Margaret Moran in 2013 reappointed Dr. Arnold as both LULAC National Chair of Education and Chair of International Relations for a seventh term, the organization’s highest priorities.

His work in these areas has brought him to meet with such dignitaries as His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his residence in Dharamsala, India, with the President of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde-Giorgis, and with the President of Mexico, Vicente Fox.

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