New Chair and Members Elected to FSHC Board of Directors

November 14, 2017

New Chair and Members Elected to Federation of State Humanities Councils Board of Directors
The states of Arkansas, California, Maryland, and Oklahoma represented in Newly Elected Members

The Federation of State Humanities Councils announces the election of William Tsutsui as chair and three new members to its board of directors, effective November 4, 2017. The board members include one humanities council president and CEO and two public members.

“The election of these members to the board reflects the Federation’s commitment to maintaining a diverse, well-rounded board with a number of invaluable skill sets,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. “From backgrounds in academia, the arts, government affairs, and finance, we couldn’t be happier to welcome William, Julie, Gloria, and Susan to the Federation board of directors. We know they will help shepherd the Federation successfully through the next few years. We feel especially fortunate to welcome William Tsutsui as our new board chair and are confident in his ability to steer the Federation board in responding to the needs of our membership.”

About the Elected Chair and Board Members:

William Tsutsui is the president of Hendrix College in Conway, AR, and the newly elected board chair of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. He is a specialist in modern Japanese business and economic history and has published many books examining topics from banking policy to Godzilla. Previously, Tsutsui led the Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the largest of SMU’s seven colleges and schools, as dean and professor of history. Prior to SMU, Tsutsui spent 17 years at Kansas University as the associate dean for international studies at KU’s College of Arts & Sciences where he was also a history professor and the director of the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia in the university’s Center for East Asian Studies. During his time at KU, Tsutsui forged a relationship with the US Department of Education and the US Army at Fort Leavenworth to benefit students and research programs in East Asian Studies and was the founding executive director of the Confucius Institute at the university. It was at KU where he was introduced to the Kansas Humanities Council and where he served on their Speakers Bureau and then on the council’s board of directors.

Julie Fry is the president and CEO of California Humanities. Previously, she served as a program officer for the Performing Arts Program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California where she managed a portfolio of more than 140 nonprofit arts organizations and led the Foundation’s efforts in making arts education accessible to the 6 million K-12 public school students in California. From 2003-2007, Fry was the associate vice president of Fund Services at The San Diego Foundation and the first director of The San Diego Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program. She currently serves on a number of boards, including the California Alliance for Arts Education and Innovation Collaborative. Fry has received a number of awards including the inaugural Arts Education Hero award from the California State PTA and California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, and received the Spirit of Philanthropy from the Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the National Philanthropy Day event.

Gloria White Gardner has more than 35 years of experience working for federal executive agencies in Washington, DC and with national and state nonprofit organizations and faith-based organizations, including at the US Department of Interior, US Geological Survey, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was also contracted by the US Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office to investigate and resolve cases regarding complaints of discrimination. She served as CEO and President of the Urban League of Greater Muskegon from 1990-2000 and currently serves on a number of boards, committees, and task forces. Gardner is a veteran of the US Navy.

Susan McCarthy is an author, speaker, and financial advisor based in Oklahoma City, OK, having previously served as a financial advisor for Wells Fargo for 33 years and before that, Morgan Stanley. In 2006, she was named one of Barron’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” in the country. She has served on the board of Oklahoma Humanities for several years, acting as chair from 2013-2015, and now as treasurer and head of the Finance Committee. Prior to volunteering with the council, she served on the Foundation board at the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma and on the board of the Morgan Stanley’s Women’s Business Exchange. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the complicated emotional relationship with money and has authored two books: More Than Wealth (DKS Publishing, 2005) and The Value of Money (New York: Penguin, 2008).

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The Federation of State Humanities Councils

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The state humanities councils are independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations supporting grassroots humanities programs and community-based activities. Humanities councils were created by Congress in the early 1970s and receive an annual congressional appropriation through the National Endowment for the Humanities, which most councils supplement with state and private funding. For more information about the state humanities councils, please visit: