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Hendrix President Elected Board Chair for Federation of State Humanities Councils

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 years.” 

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.

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About 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

About Hendrix College

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