July 18, 2019
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Colby president to be tapped to head National Endowment for the Humanities

Stephen M. Katz | BDN
Stephen M. Katz | BDN
Colby College President William Adams

WATERVILLE, Maine — President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he plans to nominate the president of Colby College, William “Bro” Adams, to head the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The endowment is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States with a focus on improving teaching and ensuring access to cultural and educational resources.

“Bro brings demonstrated leadership and decades of experience as an administrator at major universities and liberal arts institutions,” Obama said in a statement. “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.”

Adams last year announced his intention to retire from the Colby presidency in June.

Adams, who became president of Colby in 2000, led a $376 million capital campaign, the largest in Maine history.

Before coming to Colby, Adams served as president of Bucknell University for five years. He also taught political philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Santa Clara University. He coordinated the Great Works in Western Culture program at Stanford University and was vice president and secretary of Wesleyan University. He is a graduate of Colorado College and the University of California, Santa Cruz.


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