- President Barack Obama will nominate the president of Colby College as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Dr. William “Bro” Adams has been president at Colby since 2000, and previously served as president of Bucknell University from 1995 to 2000.
- The president refers to him as simply “Bro” in the press release announcing the nomination, and the media is having fun with the nickname. The Washington Post: “This could be the beginning of a beautiful bromance.”
Adams had already announced last year that be planned to retire from Colby. If his nomination is confirmed, he would replace James Leach as the endowment’s chairman. He’s also worked at Wesleyan University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and the University of North Carolina, and he served in the Vietnam War. According to the Washington Post, he used to hold “Yo, Bro” forums with students.