Dr. Bruce Cole, Jury Chairman

bruce-coleDr. Bruce Cole served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) from 2001 to 2009.  Currently he is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Dr. Cole is the author of 14 books and numerous articles. Prior to his NEH chairmanship, he taught Art History and Comparative Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington. He has served as a delegate on the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, and on the boards of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Dr. Cole the Presidential Citizens Medal “for his work to strengthen our national memory and ensure that our country’s heritage is passed on to future generations.” The medal is second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom among the honors the President can confer upon a civilian. Also in 2008, Dr. Cole was decorated Knight of the Grand Cross, the highest honor of the Republic of Italy. In August 2013, Dr. Cole was appointed by President Barack Obama to be a member of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

Dr. Cole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University, a Master’s degree from Oberlin College, and a doctorate from Bryn Mawr College.