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New Leadership at the Federal Cultural Agencies

posted by admin — Sep 16, 2001

In a brief announcement on July 23, 2001, the White House formally nominated Bruce Cole, distinguished professor of fine arts and professor of comparative literature at the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington, to chair the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Arrangements for the transition from the chairmanship of William Ferris to Cole are under development, which means Cole will continue to teach during the fall semester at Indiana University. Ferris, whose four-year term expires in November, will continue as Chair until Cole takes over some time in December.

Michael Hammond, currently dean of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, was selected by President George W. Bush in mid-September 2001 to chair the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Bill Ivey, current chair of the NEA, is due to leave at the end of September.

On July 12, 2001, the Senate confirmed Robert Martin to serve as director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Martin, who holds a PhD in philosophy and library science from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, comes to the IMLS from Texas Woman’s University in Denton.