The operations of Florida Humanities are overseen by a 25 member Board of Directors. Our board is drawn from all areas of the state and have backgrounds in academic, public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Each member serves a renewable three-year term, and six are appointed by the Governor of Florida.
Olympia Duhart Fort Lauderdale
Kerry Edwards Naples
Maria Goldberg, Vice-Chair
Steve Goldman Orlando
Alex Hamrick Altamonte Springs
Joseph Harbaugh, Previous Past Chair
Sue Kim (G)
George Lange, Treasurer
Thomas Luzier, Chair
Randy Noles Orlando
Glenda Walters (G)
Emeritus Member (non-voting): B. Lester Abberger Tallahassee
Call for Nominations
The Board of Directors, which meets three times per year, sets policy, evaluates grant proposals, participates in fundraising activities, and promotes Florida Humanities programs.
Florida Humanities accepts nominations for the Board of Directors year-round. These individuals are champions of the humanities and are committed to preserving and celebrating Florida culture. Applicants interested in serving on the Board are encouraged to review the Board of Directors responsibilities listed below. Questions or comments should be directed to Patricia Putman, Associate Director.
Board Member Responsibilities
Prepare for, attend and participate in Board meetings
Board members are expected to attend all meetings. Three in-person Board meetings are scheduled for February, May, and September of each year. These meetings occur in different locations around the state. Board of Directors meetings usually include a Committee meeting, and evenings prior to the start of the full meeting typically include a humanities program and group dinner.
The meeting agenda and other important documents are made available in advance. Board members should review this information prior to attending.
Actively participate in Committee Work
All Members serve on at least one committee. Committees usually meet in person at each Board meeting and by conference calls throughout the year. Committee work provides opportunities for Board members to directly leverage their expertise in support of Florida Humanities and its mission.
Current Board of Directors committees:
Finance and Development
Executive Committee (comprised of committee chairs, the Board Chair, Vice Chair, Immediate Past Chair, and Secretary)
Attend Florida Humanities local and regional events
Members attend Florida Humanities events to evaluate programs and promote the organization’s work. This provides practical examples of the work we accomplish and assists Staff in reaching areas of the state that may be a geographic challenge.
Serve as organizational ambassadors
Members promote the humanities by communicating and participating with civic, community, religious and business groups and the public. These connections are vital to amplifying the work we do and creating new partnership opportunities. Members also encourage their colleagues to join the organization as donors or future Board members.
Support the organization financially
Board members financially contribute to Florida Humanities at a level commensurate with their stature as a Board Member and to their individual ability. There is an annual goal for all Board members to provide a financial contribution. Members may also assist with other fund-raising and development tasks as outlined by the Finance and Development Committee.
Assist with Legislative matters
Florida Humanities receives its principal operating funds from the Florida Legislature and U.S. Congress. Board Members assist with communicating with their representatives in addition to others who are vital to securing the organization’s funding.
Recruit new Board members
Board members are asked to thoughtfully nominate individuals who can meet and exceed the above requirements. Board nominees should meet current needs for Board composition and consider the need for a Board with a wide variety of skill sets, abilities, backgrounds, professions, and geographic reach.