CONWAY, Ark. (November 15,
2017) – Hendrix College President Bill Tsutsui on November 4 was elected to a
two-year term as chair of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The
Federation serves as the national representative of the councils with Congress,
the administration, and other national organizations.
“The Federation of State
Humanities Councils, as the membership association of councils across the
country, is dedicated to open communication, inclusion of all voices, and
vibrant exchange of ideas, all values that Bill Tsutsui not only supports but
actively practices,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation. “Bill
has been a strong member of the Federation board for the past three years, and
his election to the chair’s position is a clear indication of the membership’s
confidence in his ability to lead the Federation forward through the next two
In addition to choosing
Tsutsui as chair, the board elected three new members: Julie Fry, the president
and CEO of California Humanities; Gloria White Gardner of Washington, D.C.; and
Susan McCarthy of Oklahoma City.
Elections took place at the
2017 National Humanities Conference, the second in a series of joint Federation
and National Humanities Alliance national meetings that bring the humanities
community together to discover how to achieve broader public impact and advance
the role the humanities play in addressing both local and global challenges,
including how the humanities can deepen, expand, and even re-envision the
public role of the humanities.
To read more about the
Federation Board of Directors, visit www.statehumanities.org/about-us/our-board.
the Federation of State Humanities Councils
The Federation of State
Humanities Councils, founded in 1977 as the membership association of state and
territorial councils, provides support for the state humanities councils and
strives to create greater awareness of the humanities in public and private
life. The state humanities councils are independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit
organizations supporting grassroots humanities programs and community-based
activities. Humanities councils were created by Congress in the early 1970s and
receive an annual congressional appropriation through the National Endowment
for the Humanities, which most councils supplement with state and private
funding. For more information about the Federation of State Humanities
Councils, visit www.statehumanities.org.
A private liberal arts
college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as
one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That
Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor,
innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college
guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with
the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.