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William “Bro” Adams, Former NEH Chairman

“We all have a history and, indeed, history is always with us in one way or another.”

Adams was nominated by President Barack Obama as the 10th Chairman of the NEH. A native of Birmingham, Michigan and son of an auto industry executive, Adams earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Colorado College and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Cruz in the History of Consciousness Program. Adams is a committed advocate for liberal arts education and brings to the Endowment a long record of leadership in higher education and the humanities.