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Alabama Humanities Foundation elected Joseph Aistrup, dean of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, to its board of directors.

In 2013, Aistrup came to Auburn from Kansas State University, where he served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and in previous administrative positions within the university. He began his tenure at Kansas State in 2002 as associate professor and head of the department of political science. Aistrup has administrative responsibility for three associate deans, 13 department chairs, an eight-member information technology team, a large administrative staff, nearly 4,000 students, approximately 400 faculty members, nine buildings and a budget of over $50 million, including endowments.

Aistrup earned his bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University, master’s from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University and Ph.D. from Indiana University.

“Each year as leadership changes here at AHF, I think about how fortunate we are to have such high-caliber people throughout our state who are dedicated supporters of the humanities and are willing to serve to promote its impact and importance across Alabama,” said Executive Director Armand DeKeyser. “This year is no different, and we thank all of these new officers and board members for joining with us as we continue the mission.”

Alabama Humanities Foundation mission is to foster learning, understanding and appreciation of our people, communities and cultures. As the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the AHF supports and offers programs that will enhance the minds and enrich the lives of Alabamians.