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LEH Seeks New Board Members

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is seeking nominations of Louisiana residents interested in supporting educational innovation, explorations of history, and meaningful engagement with culture for its statewide Board of Directors.

As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the LEH maintains a singular presence throughout Louisiana as the only private nonprofit dedicated to making an impact in the cultural and education sectors in all 64 Louisiana parishes. Its mission is to partner with communities, institutions, and individuals to explore Louisiana’s past, reflect on the present, and imagine the future.

The LEH works with federal, state, and local governments to improve educational outcomes and preserve the state’s cultural traditions. Founded in 1971, the organization has established a strong reputation with corporations and foundations and is trusted to deliver responsive, sustainable programs for and with Louisianans, such as the now-franchised Prime Time series of family reading programs and 64 Parishes magazine and its accompanying online encyclopedia that provides reliable, accessible Louisiana social studies resources to K-12 students and their teachers.

Explore the website to learn more about LEH’s work.

The LEH Board is statewide, and members are residents of Louisiana. Members represent the cultural, academic, philanthropic, and business communities. Board membership is voluntary, and members typically serve three-year terms with the option to renew twice. Members attend four full board meetings per year, participate with sub-committees to support short- and long-term organizational goal attainment and aid in the cultivation of relationships that support organizational advocacy, fundraising, and program/initiative success.

With a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, LEH is particularly interested in recruiting members to represent Southeast Louisiana’s Northshore communities and minority groups, specifically representatives from Louisiana’s Hispanic/Latino and Indigenous communities, as well as those with expertise in a humanities field, publishing, or finance.

Self-nominations are not permitted. Nominations must be made by submitting the following:

  • 1-paragraph nomination statement on the nominee’s appropriateness for the LEH board
  • the nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • an interest statement from the nominee

Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. All nomination documents must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2023, in order to be considered.

  • Documents submitted via email should be sent to Shantrell Austin, [email protected], with the subject line “LEH Board Nomination-(Nominee’s Last Name)”
  • Documents submitted via U.S. Mail should be addressed to “LEH Board Nomination Committee” and sent to 938 Lafayette St., Suite 300, New Orleans, LA 70113

Selections will be made based on alignment of nominee experience, credentials, and interests with the LEH’s current five-year strategic plan and goals. Please email Shantrell Austin, LEH chief of staff, at [email protected] with questions.