March 5, 2018

Jon Parrish Peede Named Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities

WASHINGTON, D.C—Jon Parrish Peede, scholar of Southern literature and publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review, was appointed chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities by President Donald Trump, Jennifer Schuessler reports for the New York Times. Peede has served as acting director of the NEH since May 2017 following William D. Adams’ resignation; Adams was appointed chairman by President Obama in July 2014. From 2003 to 2011, Peede held senior leadership positions in the National Endowment for the Arts.

In a statement, Peede said, “It is a distinct honor to be nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. I look forward to the opportunity to continue a career of public service focused on ensuring that all Americans have access to our country’s cultural resources.”

The NEH and the NEA, its sister agency, have been recently targeted for elimination by the White House. In 2017, the Trump administration recommended reducing the budget of both agencies from $150 million dollars per year to zero, a proposal that was not taken up by Congress. Last month, the administration’s 2019 budget proposal included $42 million for the “orderly closure” of the NEH citing adequate “non-federal sources of funding for humanities in the United States from private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations.”

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