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Dr. Tom Appleton, Foundation professor of history at EKU and one of Kentucky’s foremost historians, has been appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to the board of the Kentucky Humanities Council.

Appleton’s term will expire on Jan. 1, 2020.

The Humanities Council is a 23-member volunteer board consisting of humanities faculty at the Commonwealth’s college and universities as well as members from the public at-large.

Appleton joined the EKU faculty in 2000 with the rank of professor.  He is the editor or co-editor of six books on Kentucky and southern history. He and Dr. Melissa McEuen are co-editors of the first extended treatment of Kentucky women ever published, “Kentucky Women: Their Lives and Times.”

Appleton joins EKU colleague Dr. Minh Nguyen on the board. Nguyen is professor of philosophy, director of Asian studies, associate director of EKU Honors and coordinator of Nationally Competitive Scholarships.

The Kentucky Humanities Council Inc. is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in Washington, D.C. The Council is supported by the NEH and by private contributions. It is not a state agency and does not receive state funding. Five at-large members are appointed by the governor.