While their strengths also lie in fundamental traits like good preparation and organization, great leaders are those who recognize, learn from, and build on the human story. They know that attention to diverse cultures and personal values leads to a better present and future.
University of Findlay’s President Katherine Fell is one of those leaders. Known for her staunch dedication to the liberal arts, education, and strengthening communities through culture and the humanities, Dr. Fell’s knowledge and experience will serve her well in her recent appointment to the Ohio Humanities Council by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
The Ohio Humanities Council is a state-wide, private, not-for-profit organization that works to promote and support the humanities through public programs, grants and community projects with the goal of helping individuals and communities explore, share, and be inspired by the human experience. The Council is the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“I am honored to be asked to serve in a capacity that supports and highlights the humanities in Ohio,” said Dr. Fell. “I believe humanities to be essential to a great education and a civilized society.”
Ohio Humanities increases Ohioans’ appreciation and understanding of the humanities through the organization’s grant-making capacity and programs. Operating statewide, Ohio Humanities provides assistance to grant applicants, oversees organization-developed programs, and promotes the humanities in Ohio through collaborations with cultural and educational institutions. Ohio Humanities is governed by a volunteer board which makes decisions on grant awards and sets policy.
Dr. Fell’s term began October 26, 2020, and will end October 30, 2021.
In addition to serving as president of the University of Findlay, Dr. Fell serves as chair for the Great Midwest Athletic President’s Council; is a member of the Executive Committee for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Ohio; and a board member for Ohio Campus Compact. Locally, Dr. Fell is on the Board for the Center for Civic Engagement and Raise the Bar, and past chair of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts and the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance.