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Senate Confirms Bro Adams as NEH Chairman

Adams Earned Philosophy Degree at CC

Senate Confirms Bro Adams as NEH Chairman

William “Bro” Adams has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Adams, who is expected to start his new position in a few days, 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 as the president of Colby College. Before taking the helm there, Adams served as president of Bucknell University from 1995 to 2000. He 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. Adams has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Adams entered Colorado College with the Class of 1969, but his time on campus was interrupted by three years of service in the Army, including one year in Vietnam. It was partly that experience, he says, that motivated him to study and teach in the humanities. Read the NEH press release here.