Vice Chairman

Bruce Cole

Bruce Cole is the longest serving Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, having held office through both terms of the George W. Bush Administration. He approved 3,000 grants and $292.7 million for projects about U.S. history and culture. Dr. Cole's "We the People" and "Picturing America" programs helped teachers get inspiration for history lessons in the classroom. The first application period in 2008 saw applications from one-fifth of all U.S. schools and public libraries. Currently, Dr. Cole is a fellow at the Hudson Institute, and until recently was President and CEO of The American Revolution Center in Philadelphia. He attended Case Western Reserve University before earning his master's degree from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in 1969.