About Around the Square August 12, 2009

Obama Nominates Krislov for NEH Advisory Council Post

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President Marvin Krislov Photo by John Seyfried

President Barack Obama has nominated Marvin Krislov to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities (NEH). If appointed, he will continue to serve as president of Oberlin College. Nominations were sent to the Senate on July 20.

“I am honored to be considered for this post with the National Council on the Humanities,” said Krislov. “The work of the NEH is vitally important to current and future generations of Americans.”

The 26-member National Council meets four times a year to review grant applications and advises the chair, who serves as the director of the NEH. An independent grant-making agency of the United States government, the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 established the NEH, which is dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Krislov is one of nine distinguished private citizens selected to serve key administration posts. In the announcement, President Obama said: “I am confident that these skilled and dedicated individuals will diligently work to serve the American people, keeping our country safe at home and abroad and firmly placing us back on a path to prosperity. I look forward to working with them in the future.”

Several people from the Oberlin College community presently serve in the Obama administration. Cynthia Hogan ’79 is counsel to Vice President Joe Biden; Desiree Pipkins ’06 is research associate to the White House Counsel’s office; Thomas Frieden ’82 is director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; Joe Reinstein ’87 is deputy social secretary to the White House; and Pete Lavoy  ’83 is deputy director of national intelligence for analysis. In addition, President Obama nominated Jacqueline Berrien '83 to become chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her appointment is pending. Martha Johnson '74 also received a nomination for administrator to the General Services Administration.

Look for an article about Obies in the Obama administration in the fall issue of the Oberlin Alumni Magazine. If you know of others who have taken important assignments in the new administration, let the OAM know by sending an e-mail to oam@oberlin.edu.

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