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U.S. Senate Unanimously Confirms Bruce Cole for Second Term as NEH Chairman

Cole Only Second Chairman in NEH History to Serve Two Terms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 20, 2005)--National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman Bruce Cole issued the following statement today after being unanimously confirmed for a second four-year term by the U.S. Senate:

"I am grateful to President Bush and the United States Senate as I begin a second-term as Chairman of the NEH. It is a great honor to serve the American people for another term.

"Over the past four years, we've seen a number of successes at the NEH, including the We the People initiative and major budget increases that enabled new humanities programming. I am confident that over the next four years the endowment will build upon these accomplishments and continue to provide the wisdom and vision needed to sustain our vibrant democracy.

"The Humanities Endowment strengthens our democracy by supporting the great ideas, ideals, and institutions of our Nation. All Americans benefit from the work of the NEH, whether through award-winning books and documentary films or through teacher workshops and museum exhibitions. I am honored to serve at its helm."

Cole is the second chairman to be nominated and confirmed to a second term as Chairman of the NEH.


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Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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