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New Hampshire Humanities names new executive director

March 04. 2018 9:02PM

CONCORD — New Hampshire Humanities has a new executive director.

Anthony Poore, an Ohio native who has lived in New Hampshire for 20 years, started his new position on Thursday, New Hampshire Humanities said in a release Saturday.

“I’m excited about this opportunity and cognizant of the work that lies ahead,” Poore said in the release. “I’m also humbled by the confidence the selection committee and staff have in my abilities to lead this organization forward, building on the strong foundation of those who came before me.”

Poore most recently served as director of regional and community outreach at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and was an assistant dean at Southern New Hampshire University. Poore has also served on the boards for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, NH Endowment for Health, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Carsey School of Public Policy’s New Hampshire Listens Project.

“We are tremendously excited by the skills, network, dynamism, and perspective Anthony brings to New Hampshire Humanities,” board chair Ellen Scarponi said. “He is deeply committed to New Hampshire, to civil society, and to democracy, and truly appreciates the potential for the humanities to inspire and strengthen individuals and communities.”

Poore earned his bachelor’s degree in social work at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he is originally from. He also holds master’s degrees in business administration and community economic development from SNHU, according to the release.

Poore takes over the post formerly held by Deborah Watrous, who stepped down last fall for a new job in Boston after 24 years with the organization. Watrous had been executive director of New Hampshire Humanities since 2004.

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