Jane Chu—president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri—was confirmed at the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) yesterday the the U.S. Senate.
“I’m honored to receive the Senate’s vote of confirmation, and I look forward to serving our nation as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts,” Chu said. “Together, we have the opportunity to show the value of connecting the arts to all Americans, and the importance of the arts in bringing communities together.”
The White House is set to make the official appointment soon, and then Chu will begin work after that.
“I’m glad the Senate confirmed Dr. Chu’s nomination as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts today,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.). “I was impressed by her successful oversight of the more than $400 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts project and I enjoyed visiting with her in Kansas City several weeks ago. I have no doubt Dr. Chu will serve as a valuable asset to the NEA.”
Chu holds master’s degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University, as well as an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.