The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed President Bush's five nominees
to the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory board
of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and UTC professor
of history and SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities Wilfred
M. McClay is among them.
"I am delighted to welcome these accomplished individuals to the
National Council on the Humanities," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole,
who chairs the advisory body. "Their outstanding leadership, creativity
and deep reflection about the role of the humanities in American life
will help guide the National Endowment for the Humanities in the years
"The National Council on the Humanities meets four times a year to
review applications for the awarding of grants and to make recommendations
to the NEH chairman regarding the Endowment's policies, programs and procedures.
Each National Council member serves a six-year term.
McClay is author of "The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America"
(1994),which received the Organization of American Historians' 1995 Merle
Curti Award for best book in American intellectual history. His honors
include a John Templeton Foundation award for distinguished teaching and
scholarship and several fellowships. He serves on editorial boards and
contributes to several journals. He was educated at St. John's College
(Annapolis) and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his Ph.D.
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment
for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy
and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning,
create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public
television, radio, new technologies, museum exhibitions, and programs
in libraries and other community places.