Dr. Preselfannie McDaniels, dean of Graduate Studies has been elected by the board of the Mississippi Humanities Council as vice-chair. She began her tenure with the board in 2016 serving in numerous capacities, including member of its grant review committee.
“I feel very grateful about having my fellow Council members, for whom I have great respect, entrust me with this important responsibility,” says McDaniels.
The Mississippi Humanities Council is a private non-profit corporation funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities, to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines to serve non-profit groups in Mississippi.
The MHC creates opportunities for Mississippians to learn about themselves and the larger world and enriches communities through civil conversations about our history and culture.
“I greatly anticipate the opportunity to support the council chair in carrying out processes and procedures that lead to all Mississippians continuing to benefit from the wonderful programming and funding opportunities provided by the Mississippi Humanities Council,” says McDaniels.
MHC has supported numerous public humanities programs at Jackson State University over the years, including most recently a photograph exhibit commemorating the 50thanniversary of the Gibbs-Green shooting.
As vice-chair, McDaniels will become chair of the MHC board in 2022. McDaniels will be the third JSU faculty member to serve in this position. Dr. Estus Smith and Dr. Leslie McLemore also served as MHC board chairs.