Washington, D.C. – At the October 22nd board meeting of the National Trust for the Humanities (NTH) following the 50th Anniversary Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities the preceding day, John R. Yurtchuk was unanimously approved as the new Chair of the NTH. Mr. Yurtchuk will relinquish his current position as Treasurer of the Trust when he assumes the duties of Chair on January 1, 2023. National Trust for the Humanities is a charitable organization that supports the prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as an advocate for the humanities which promotes research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

A resident of Buffalo, N.Y., John Yurtchuk is a highly-regarded leader and active supporter of various organizations in the Buffalo-Niagara region serving as Chair of the Daemen University Board of Trustees, Chairman and co-owner of Calspan Corporation, Chairman of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Trustees, and Chairman and co-founder, with Loretta Swit, of the Switheart Animal Alliance, to name a few.

“We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Chairman Yurtchuk for being appointed chair of this renowned national board,” said Daemen President Gary Olson. “This distinguished appointment exemplifies John’s exceptional leadership and speaks to his vision and dedication to the humanities, both regionally and nationally.”

The National Trust’s 14 member board, which is comprised of notable leaders from across the U.S., focuses on increasing awareness of the work done by NEH, generates new sources of financial support for NEH and the humanities, and serves as the vehicle for donations to NEH from foundations, corporations, and individual supporters.

NEH supports projects that preserve America’s cultural legacy and provides access to historically significant materials and artifacts in museums, libraries, and historical organizations. It also strengthens cultural and educational institutions through grants, engages the public in learning programs, supports the professional development of teachers, and uses technology to enhance research and provide free public access to the humanities.

Among other projects, NTH exclusively underwrites the free public annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities—the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

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