Commencement 2013 Speaker: James Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
James Leach, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (August 2009 - May 2013), will be the featured speaker at 2013 Commencement.
The ninth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Leach was a Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and Interim Director of the Institute of Politics and Lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, prior to his appointment to the NEH post by President Obama.
Leach’s stint in academia was preceded by 30 years of service as a representative in Congress where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
He attended Princeton University, the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins and the London School of Economics.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. NEH promotes excellence in the humanities and makes grants aimed at conveying the lessons of history and strengthening teaching and learning in schools and colleges.