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The directors and staff of New Hampshire Humanities are thrilled to welcome our new executive director, Anthony Poore, who took the helm at New Hampshire Humanities on March 1. "We’re excited by the skills, network, and passion Anthony will bring to New Hampshire Humanities," the search task force noted in enthusiastically recommending Anthony for executive director. "We’re confident he will build upon our strong foundation while helping us increase our visibility, forge new partnerships, and connect more people with ideas."
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Anthony is a 20-year resident of Manchester. For the last eight years he served as Director of Regional and Community Outreach at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and before that was Assistant Dean at Southern NH University (SNHU). Anthony is a past or present board or committee member of organizations including the NH Community Loan Fund, NH Endowment for Health, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and NH Listens. Anthony holds a B.A. in Social Work from Wright State University in Ohio, a Master of Business Administration from SNHU, and a Master of Science in Community Economic Development from SNHU. Throughout his career, Anthony has brought together a wide range of nonprofits, businesses, and communities to forge partnerships to address the needs of urban and rural communities around the state. He has extensive experience in data-driven decision making to sustain and grow organizations, and he’s a self-described "mission-driven servant leader."
In a recent interview with the Concord Monitor, Anthony said "Whether conservative or progressive, people understand the importance of history, language, and culture." By providing opportunities for New Hampshire residents to come together to learn, reflect, and engage in civil conversation, our work contributes to the growth of a skilled workforce and empathetic society, Poore said. Of the many qualities Anthony brings to New Hampshire Humanities, we are particularly excited to benefit from his insights into and vision for fostering new partnerships with minority, immigrant, and rural communities through the humanities.
"We’ve all talked about the critical role of having an informed and educated workforce. And I think the humanities are part of that equation. Hard skills, science, technology, engineering, math are crucially important. But the idea of developing critical thinking skills, communication skills, and the ability to function well in groups at work and in our communities, I think these are a clear output of humanities training. And I think what we hope to do is continue to position New Hampshire Humanities as a vital provider of opportunities to learn these skills through exposure to history, literature, ethics, languages – the whole body of what humans have thought and debated and created."
Anthony comes to New Hampshire Humanities at a time when federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities, which provides almost 50% of our budget, is again threatened by cuts in the proposed 2019 budget from the White House. Anthony recognizes he’s stepping into the job at a time when the future of funding for humanities organizations like New Hampshire Humanities is not secure, but he is optimistic. "I am full of joy and excitement when I think of what we can do. New Hampshire Humanities has an amazing record of accomplishments and reputation among state humanities councils. I am eager to get that story out to people all over New Hampshire and make sure they know there’s a seat for them underneath the Big Tent of the humanities."
We hope you will have the opportunity to meet our dynamic new leader in the coming months.
NH Public Radio's Morning Edition host, Rick Ganley, spoke with Anthony Poore recently about his vision for the organization. Listen HERE.
New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.