Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mississippi kid makes good.

President Trump appointed John Parrish Peede as Acting Director of National Endowment of Humanities.  The NEH website announced:



President Donald J. Trump has appointed Jon Parrish Peede as the Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Peede joined NEH in April and was the Senior Deputy Chairman of the agency. Previously, he had been appointed to senior leadership roles at the National Endowment for the Arts. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Counselor to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. From 2007 to 2011, he oversaw the NEA’s funding of literary organizations and fellowships to creative writers and translators. For seven years, he led writing workshops for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Bahrain, England, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, the Persian Gulf, and on domestic bases.

His prior positions include publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia, director of communications at Millsaps College, and editor at Mercer University Press with a focus on the humanities.

He has served on the national council of the Margaret Walker Center for the Study of the African-American Experience, Jackson State University; the advisory committee of the Virginia Festival of the Book, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; and the poet laureate selection committee, state of Mississippi, office of the Governor.

Peede holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi and is the coeditor of Inside the Church of Flannery O’Connor: Sacrament, Sacramental, and the Sacred in Her Fiction (Mercer, 2007). Margaret F. Plympton, the former Acting Chair, will return to her role as Deputy Chair.

 Kingfish note: Congratulations to Mr. Peede. 

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

He is a great guy and wonderful representative of Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps, but give it time, being that he is another Old Miss alumni - we'll see if he doesn't sour into the slurry that is their filthy representation poisoning this state.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure he's already looking for his next job.

Anonymous said...

Peede shouldn't hang anything on the wall. Trump's budget proposes eliminating the NEH.

Anonymous said...

Peede's first order of business should be shutting down the NEH. I knew this guy when he was writing press releases at Millsaps. Seems like he rose through the ranks rather quickly.

Anonymous said...

Trump's budget is a dead letter in Congress. The Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee has already voted to fund NEH next year. Peede will be great for small states like Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Peede was the Founding Editor of Millsaps Magazine, which won a number of awards under his editorship. Unfortunately, he was one of a number of top administrators who resigned from the college rather than endure the abusive antics of then-president Frances Lucas, who was intellectually intimidated by guys like Peede.

Peede moved on to much bigger and better things. Lucas, having blotted her copybook everywhere else, is a "consultant" now.

Major Millsaps said...

Nice accomplishment. Obviously his time at Millsaps prepared him well.

Anonymous said...

He grew up in Brandon. Does anyone remember if he attended Brandon High School, Prep or Jackson Academy? His dad was Dr. Robert Peede, now deceased. Doc was a fine man.

Anonymous said...

Timothy Caner, one of the essayists in the book on Flannery O'Conner, is about the writer's 'theological whiteness'. Millsaps students might understand what that's all about. Ole Miss and JCJC have copies of Peede's book, but not Millsaps.

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