Guin Robinson elected to lead state humanities board

Incoming AHF Chair Guin Robinson (left) and John Rochester, outgoing chair.
Incoming AHF Chair Guin Robinson (left) and John Rochester, outgoing chair.

Incoming AHF Chair Guin Robinson (left) accepts congratulations from John Rochester, immediate past chair.

Alabama Humanities Foundation Board of Directors elected Guin Robinson of Birmingham as its chair for 2014. Passing the gavel to Robinson was retired Clay County Circuit Judge John Rochester of Ashland.

“I am very honored to have been selected as chair of Alabama Humanities Foundation,” Robinson said. “As we begin our 40th year, I’m reminded that our organization has been well served by an impressive group of dedicated Alabamians. These individuals understood the important role that the humanities play in the lives of their fellow citizens.”

AHF, a nonprofit organization, is the state affiliate of National Endowment for the Humanities, and it promotes the humanities across Alabama through programs and grants. Among its more noted programs are the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, Museum on Main Street, Road Scholars speakers bureau and SUPER Teacher Institutes.

Throughout the state, AHF funds humanities-based programs and projects each year through mini-grants and major grants.

Robinson, who assumed his new role as chair Jan. 1, is director of Development at Jefferson State Community College. He serves on a number of state and regional boards and just completed a one-year term as vice chair of AHF.

“The future of AHF is very bright as we work toward our goal of bringing programs and grants that promote the human experience to every corner of our great state,” Robinson said.

Rochester, retired Clay County circuit judge, has served AHF in multiple capacities. He served as interim executive director before Armand DeKeyser was named to that post in 2012, and for the past year, he served as chair. Prior to that, he was a member of the board of directors. This year he serves the board as immediate past chair.

“I am honored to have worked with the board and staff of Alabama Humanities Foundation for the past five years as we sought to improve the lives of all Alabamians through the many grants and programs offered by AHF and our partner organizations,” Rochester said.

“The generosity of our donors and the enthusiasm of our grantees and program participants have been especially gratifying and much appreciated,” he noted. “I look forward to continuing to support the work of AHF under the capable leadership of Chairman Guin Robinson and the other dedicated and talented board members.”

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About the Alabama Humanities Foundation

As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the AHF strives to create and foster opportunities for scholars and the public to interact and explore human values and meanings through the humanities.

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