After a long delay, on Thursday, June 2, Dr. Jane Chu was confirmed by the Senate as the 11th chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu, who succeeds acting chair Joan Shigekawa, was nominated for the position by President Obama in February after a vacancy of more than a year following former chair Rocco Landesman’s departure. This week, she’ll make her first public appearance as Chair on Friday morning’s National Council on the Arts meeting.
Post authored by Communications Intern Olivia Brown.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is currently without permanent leadership. Former Chairman Rocco Landesman — an accomplished Broadway producer and country-western enthusiast — resigned from his position this past November, wrapping up a successful four-year stint. As President Obama is expected to appoint a new chairman in the coming weeks, now is a opportune time to reflect on what qualities we’d like to see in Landesman’s replacement.
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