National Humanities Center VP for Education Retiring

Richard Schramm, Longtime Leader of Education Programs To Step Down in July 2016

Richard Schramm, NHC

Richard Schramm, Vice President for Education Programs, National Humanities Center

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Richard R. Schramm, longtime vice president for education programs at the National Humanities Center, has announced his retirement effective July 2016. A search is underway to hire his replacement.

Schramm joined the Center in 1984 and has been instrumental in developing the Center’s innovative approach to professional development programs for teachers which links scholarship to improved teaching and provides teachers with new materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom.

Under Schramm’s leadership, a number of rich websites were launched which provide teachers and students free access to thousands of classroom-ready texts, contextualizing notes and discussion questions. Schramm’s pioneering interactive webinars for teacher professional development helped the Center expand its nationwide outreach. The impact of these resources and platforms continues to grow exponentially through their use by educators across the United States and several foreign countries.

In recognition of his contributions over the past three decades, the Richard R. Schramm Endowment for Education Programs was established at the Center in 2010 with a lead gift from NHC board chairman emeritus Carl H. Pforzheimer III and his wife, Betty.

“Richard Schramm’s work on behalf of America’s teachers and their students cannot be overstated,” said NHC president and director Robert D. Newman. “The volume of materials created for classroom use by Richard and his team, the breadth of scholarship conveyed, and the innovative use of technology to create quality learning experiences are all truly remarkable.”

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