Senate confirms William 'Bro' Adams of Colby College to lead National Endowment for Humanities

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 9, 2014 - 1:25 PM

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm the former president of Colby College as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Following Wednesday's vote, William "Bro" Adams will become the 10th chairman of the endowment, which is an independent grant-making agency of the government. The humanities endowment supports research, education and preservation programs.

Adams was president of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, from 2000 until his retirement at the end of June. He previously was president of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and has been an advocate of liberal arts education. He holds a doctorate in the history of consciousness.

The National Endowment for the Humanities funds cultural programs nationwide. Recent initiatives include a research program in the humanities to study war, its aftermath and to support returning veterans.

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