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Obama to Tap Bro Adams as NEH Chairman

Obama to Tap Bro Adams as NEH Chairman

President Barack Obama has announced that he will nominate William “Bro” Adams as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Adams, who currently is serving as president of Colby College, graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with a philosophy degree in 1972.

Adams announced last January that he would step down on June 30 from his position at Colby. Before taking the helm there, Adams served as president of Bucknell University from 1995 to 2000. Adams was vice president and secretary of Wesleyan University from 1993 to 1995, and served as program coordinator of the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University from 1986 to 1988.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“Bro brings demonstrated leadership and decades of experience as an administrator at major universities and liberal arts institutions,” Obama said. “His clear dedication and lifelong commitment to the humanities make him uniquely qualified to lead the nation’s cultural agency. I’m proud to nominate Bro as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and look forward to working with him in the months and years to come.”

Earlier in his career, he held various teaching positions at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and the University of North Carolina.  Adams served in the Vietnam War as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  In 1977, he became a Fulbright Scholar and conducted research at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes and the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France.

Colorado College awarded Adams an honorary degree in 1996.

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