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Center Receives Education Grant Honoring Former Director

GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Awards $50,000 in Recognition of W. Robert Connor

Robert Connor
W. Robert Connor, Emeritus Director, GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, National Humanities Center

Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded the National Humanities Center a grant in honor of the Center’s former president and director W. Robert Connor, who recently retired as a director for the Foundation. The $50,000 grant will provide for the development of asynchronous, online, self-paced professional development modules for teachers of American history and literature. These modules will complement the Center’s award-winning live webinars and other professional development offerings for teachers.
“We are incredibly grateful for the continued generosity of the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation,” said NHC vice president for education programs Richard Schramm. “By honoring Bob Connor in this way, the Foundation is adding to his legacy as a tireless advocate for excellence in liberal arts education at all levels.”
After his tenure as president and director of the National Humanities Center in 2002, Connor served as president of the Teagle Foundation from 2003 until retiring in 2009. He continues to act as a senior advisor for the Foundation and as an emeritus trustee of the National Humanities Center.

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