Fiona Valentine, Director of Lifelong Learning at Western Iowa Tech Community College, has been elected president of the board of directors of Humanities Iowa at its meeting on June 12 in Perry, IA. Other officers elected include Jeff Heland, a Des Moines County Supervisor, Tim Johnson, a businessman from Washington and Barb O’Hea a foundation executive from Northeast Community College in Peosta. George Barlow, a professor of English and American Studies at Grinnell College, Graciela Caneiro-Livingston, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Clarke College in Dubuque, and Sally Phelps, a community leader from Spencer, also were elected to the board.
“We are excited to have Fiona at the helm,” said Christopher Rossi, executive director of Humanities Iowa. “She has an extensive history with the humanities council, has a strong presence throughout the state with community college extension programs and is well known nationally given her involvement with the Federation of State Humanities Councils; the board thought her the obvious choice to lead.”
Humanities Iowa is the state affiliate to the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a major funder of culture organizations throughout Iowa. At the Perry meeting, the board granted $130,710 to 16 organizations involved in promoting Iowa’s history and heritage.
The mission of Humanities Iowa is to promote understanding and appreciation of the people, communities, cultures, and stories of importance to Iowa and the nation. For more information on funding opportunities from Humanities Iowa, see its website at http://www.humanitiesiowa.org.