2014 Call for Trustee Nominations

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites nominations for Humanities Council trustees. Candidates must be North Carolina residents committed to advancing the Humanities Council’s mission to serve as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life and to facilitate the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage.

The Humanities Council seeks a balanced membership. Nominees are considered in terms of the membership of the Humanities Council as a whole: race, gender, and region are taken into account. Some members must be humanities scholars; some must be representative of the general public including business, civic, and community organizations. The current Humanities Council includes business people and community activists, writers, college and university administrators, and professors of literature, history, and journalism. This diversity enables the Humanities Council to respond effectively to the changing needs and interests of North Carolinians.

Roles and Responsibilities of Humanities Council Trustees

Humanities Council trustees’ primary responsibilities include strategic planning, evaluating programs, allocating grant funds, fundraising, and promoting the activities of the Humanities Council. Humanities Council trustees are expected to evaluate several Humanities Council-supported programs every year in their community or region. They must be available to travel to quarterly meetings of the full Humanities Council as well as occasional interim committee meetings. Members serve without pay but are reimbursed for travel expenses. Members are eligible to serve two three-year terms.

Criteria for Election to the Humanities Council

The Humanities Council seeks in prospective trustees an impressive record of commitment to the humanities as well as the capacity to advance the Humanities Council’s mission. Trustees give generously of their time and energy in carrying out the varied responsibilities of a hard-working Council, in fundraising and promotion, and in oversight and evaluation. The Humanities Council is guided by what it defines as promoting the common good of North Carolina rather than by any affiliation with one constituency, institution, or community.

Nomination Process

Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by North Carolinians who support the work of the Humanities Council. The Humanities Council requires a copy of the nominee’s vitae and copies of any letters of support. Nominations must be received in the Humanities Council office by August 1, 2014, to be considered for election to a three-year term beginning November 1, 2014.

Please direct nominations or inquiries to:

Paula Watkins, Executive Director
North Carolina Humanities Council
122 N. Elm St., Suite 601, Greensboro, N.C. 27401
(336) 334-5383 pwatkins@nchumanities.org
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