Board Member Responsibilities

Leadership by a volunteer board guides the work of the Kansas Humanities Council and anchors the mission in Kansas values and priorities.  The members’ backgrounds, expertise, and other assets vary, but collectively they provide KHC the ability to remain a successful and creative organization.

All KHC board members are expected to:

  • provide financial and governmental oversight of the organization
  • actively participate in fundraising
  • be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the humanities
  • promote the work of the council through attendance at meetings and events
  • serve on working committees and task forces

In more detail:

  1. The Kansas Humanities Council is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors.  17 are elected through open nominations and four are appointed by the Governor.
  2. Members serve without compensation although reimbursement for board-related travel is available.
  3. Members serve for one three-year term, with the possibility of renewal for an additional three-year term.  Terms begin July 1.
  4. Business meetings occur in March, June, and October.  The locations of the June and October meetings rotate statewide, but the March meeting is held in Topeka.  The business meetings are usually held on Fridays from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM.  Committee meetings are often held on the Thursday afternoon prior to the business meeting.
  5. In addition to attending regular board meetings, members each serve on at least one standing committee that meets as needed. These currently include: Audit, Advocacy, Financial Development, and Membership. Board members also serve on special task forces, as needed.

KHC Mission

The Kansas Humanities Council connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. Since 1972, KHC has been a partner and advocate for the cultural life of the state. Central to KHC’s mission are the disciplines of the humanities, including history, literature, languages, philosophy, and related social sciences.  These disciplines tell the story of the human experience in ways that help us better understand who we are and what we have valued over time and across generations.

Fulfilling the Mission

KHC supports the humanities in Kansas by investing in programs and partnerships with local libraries, historical societies and museums, civic organizations, colleges and universities, and other nonprofit groups.  KHC manages a competitive grant making program and makes available a range of public humanities programs, including the Poet Laureate of Kansas, speaker presentations, and book and film discussions.  Last year, KHC supported 715 humanities events in 125 communities.

About the Kansas Humanities Council

Formed in 1972, the Kansas Humanities Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  KHC receives funding from tax-deductible gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Kansas. KHC is not a state agency.

Board Orientation

New board members attend an orientation to learn more about the Council’s goals and priorities and receive a Board Manual, complete with a comprehensive overview of KHC history, policies, and board responsibilities.

Inquiries about the Nomination Process or Board Membership

If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate, please contact Julie Mulvihill, Executive Director, at julie(at) or (785) 357-0359.

A call for new board members is held annually. Applicants interested in being appointed by the Governor need to apply through the Governor’s Appointment Office.