Carole M. Watson
Deputy Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
(May 2013) President Barack Obama appointed Carole M. Watson, Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to serve as Acting Chairman until the Presidential nomination and Senate confirmation of the agency’s next chairman. Dr. Watson has served the Endowment in a number of leadership roles, including Assistant Chairman for Partnership and National Affairs, overseeing the Endowment’s liaison with the National Council on the Humanities, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the National Trust for the Humanities and the Federal/State Partnership. Prior to her tenure at NEH, Watson directed Inter-cultural Programs at the Lindenwood Colleges in Saint Charles, Mo., and was founding English department chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Opportunity School in St. Louis, Mo. She is a recipient of Blewett and Ford Foundation fellowships and in 1991 became a Fellow of the Council for Excellence in Government. She received her M.A. degree in English and American literature from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., and her doctoral degree in American cultural history from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Watson is the author of Prologue (Greenwood Press, 1985), a study of the novels written by African American women between 1859 and 1965.