Darren Blanton Named to Board of Trustees
New board member models leadership, faith, and enterpreneurship
NEW YORK, June 20, 2011—The King’s College is proud to announce the appointment of Darren Blanton to the Board of Trustees.
Blanton is the founder and director of Colt Ventures. He has over twenty-two years of investment experience and has invested in over 100 private companies across every stage of corporate finance.
"Darren Blanton brings a strong commitment to Christ, a wonderful heart and a tireless personality to the board,” said Dinesh D’Souza, President of The King’s College. “We value his entrepreneurial skills, and I'm delighted to have Darren in the saddle with us."
Andrew Mills, Chairman of the Board of Trustees said, “We are delighted to have Darren join our Board. Darren brings a real understanding of the ideas we stand on, a widespread influence in the business community, and the will to win. This is a wonderful combination for King’s and will help us move forward even more aggressively as we make the College one of the top schools in the country."
Prior to forming Colt Ventures, Blanton worked with the family office of Perry E. (Bill) Esping, the founder of First Data Corporation. He also ran Able Investments, a distressed real estate fund, and he started his career as a commercial real estate broker in Dallas, Texas.
Blanton currently serves on the Board of Colt Oil and Gas, Retrophin Biotech, Amorcyte Therapeutics, The SMU Cox School of Business Venture Fund, Esping Family Foundation, and the SM Wright Foundation (a foundation focused on urban renewal in the Fair Park area of Dallas).
Darren’s personal life revolves around his wife and three children as well as ranching, cutting horses, and roping competitions.
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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