MHC Announces Executive Director Transition

Hayden Anderson to step down as Executive Director

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MHC Board to conduct nationwide search

PORTLAND, MAINE

January 19, 2021

The Maine Humanities Council (MHC), a statewide non-profit organization and Maine’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has announced that Hayden Anderson, PhD, will be stepping down as Executive Director later this year.

To ensure continuity in MHC operations and programming, Anderson will remain in his leadership role until July 2022 as the MHC Board conducts a nationwide search for the organization’s next Executive Director.

“We are so thankful for Hayden’s leadership,” said MHC Board Chair Mazie Hough. “The MHC has long been known for its attention to the wide geographic diversity of Maine and its commitment to community libraries. Hayden has built on that to expand our reach to the wide cultural diversity of Maine and—in response to the pandemic—has brought creative ideas to serving all Maine people.

Hough adds, “We are in an excellent position to face the challenges of the future and will offer someone the extraordinary opportunity to build on what Hayden has helped us develop over the last ten years.”

Anderson was hired as Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council in 2012. During his tenure, the MHC has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to Maine nonprofits and has implemented statewide program initiatives around the Civil War, the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, and the State of Maine Bicentennial, among others. At the request of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in 2013 the MHC developed a reading and discussion program model specially designed for military Veterans, which has since been implemented throughout the country. The Maine Humanities Council is currently developing and presenting an ongoing program initiative on Afrofuturism.

“Serving as the MHC’s Executive Director for the past decade has been an incredible honor and one of the great joys of my professional life so far,” said Hayden Anderson. “I am so proud of what the team has accomplished and the work we have done to use books, poetry, and big ideas to get Mainers talking with each other about things that matter. The Maine Humanities Council is a remarkable organization, and I’m confident they will find a remarkable individual to serve as the next Executive Director”

Anderson adds, “There’s no doubt in my mind that the MHC’s best and most important work is still ahead of it, and I’m happy to be handing off an organization that is financially strong, very capably governed, and laser-focused on accomplishing its mission for the people of Maine.”