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Oklahoma Humanities Appoints Executive Director

Oklahoma Humanities Appoints Executive Director

Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is pleased to announce that Caroline E. Lowery will be its next Executive Director beginning on September 1, 2019 according to OH Board Chair Dr. Scott LaMascus. Oklahoma Humanities supports public programming based in the scholarship of the humanities disciplines. Programs encourage the exploration of ideas that inspire Oklahomans to think more deeply about our lives, our communities, and our democracy. Oklahoma Humanities is an independent nonprofit founded in 1971 and the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mrs. Lowery was enthusiastic about her new opportunity with OH, “My vision for the humanities in Oklahoma seeks to change lives through robust public programming; creation of capacity-building opportunities for rural organizations through OH grants, service as the statewide convener for the humanities in idea-making, cohort-and-bridge building; and to preserve our heritage while inspiring our futures. It is with humility and excitement that I look forward to this new role.”

Combined with more than a decade of fundraising and nonprofit experience, Lowery has a BA in Humanities from the University of Central Oklahoma and an M.A. in Arts Administration and Leadership from The University of Oklahoma. As a consultant fundraiser, she successfully raised over 2.5 million dollars through large-scale national grant awards, private funders, and events. She volunteers with the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition and serves on the Advocacy Board of the UCO College of Liberal Arts.

OH Board Chair Dr. Scott LaMascus stated, “After a national search process leading to many fine candidates, the Executive Committee of the Board has strongly endorsed Lowery for our next leader. She is outstanding in her advocacy of the humanities, knowledge of programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities, service in fundraising for her alma mater and her knowledge of the cultural organizations and political landscape of Oklahoma,” LaMascus said.

“She will be a fantastic leader for our wonderful staff, serving all 77 counties of Oklahoma with the programming and financial support vital to making our communities stronger, our lives

more meaningful and our state a better place to work, grow and live.”

Lowery is following retiring Executive Director Ann Thompson, who began her tenure in January 2006.

About Oklahoma Humanities

Oklahoma Humanities (OH) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by helping Oklahomans learn about the human experience, understand new perspectives, and participate knowledgeably in civic life through humanities disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OH provides a free educational magazine, Smithsonian Institution exhibits, reading and discussion groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. OH engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of the human experience.

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