Advocacy Alert: July 9

U.S. Senate Confirms William “Bro” Adams to Lead NEH

July 9, 2014–Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. William “Bro” Adams to serve as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams will become the 10th chairman of the agency and is expected to start in the coming days. He was nominated by President Obama on April 10.

“Dr. Adams brings a vast array of experiences to the NEH, including as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and as president of Colby College, home of the AAM-accredited Colby College Museum of Art,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell. “Dr. Adams also led a $376 million capital campaign at Colby College, which included an expansion of the Colby College Museum of Art and investments in internationalism, environmental sustainability, ocean sciences and civic engagement.”
The new Chairman also brings to the NEH his experience as a Fulbright Scholar, his board service to both the Maine Film Center and the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation and his previous positions at Bucknell University, Wesleyan University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and the University of North Carolina.
“Dr. Adams is fully committed to helping young people develop creativity, innovation and problem solving skills, and I look forward to working with him in his new role,” said Bell.
“I commend my colleagues in the museum field who sent more than 600 messages to the U.S. Senate urging Dr. Adams’ confirmation,” said Bell. “I also want to commend Carole Watson who has led the agency for the past year as Acting Director since the May 2013 departure of Chairman Jim Leach. She and the superb staff of NEH deserve our appreciation for keeping the agency running so smoothly during the transition period.”
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an invaluable agency that provides grants to museums, colleges, universities, archives and libraries for educational programming and the care of collections. Over the past five years, the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded more than $71 million for a wide range of museum-related projects.
Read the American Alliance of Museums’ Issue Brief on the NEH.

You can also join the conversation on social media and offer your congratulations to Dr. Adams with #NEHBroAdams.
Learn more on the NEH website.