Donald J. Hall, the chairman of the board of Hallmark Cards Inc. since 1983, has been appointed by President George Bush as the chair of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Hall will serve a one-year appointment on the committee, which encourages businesses, foundations and the public to support the arts across the country. He joins 16 other leaders, including William E. Simon, the former treasury secretary, and Roger L. Stevens, the chair of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Hall sits on the board of the Nelson Gallery and the Kansas City Symphony. Hallmark also serves as a patron of the arts in Kansas City and in Lawrence, where the company has a manufacturing site. Hallmark Cards received a Governor's Arts Award earlier this year for arts patronage in Kansas.
Hall, a long-time supporter of Kansas University, received a 1980 Distinguished Service Citation from KU.
The Hall Family Foundation gave $3.5 million to KU in 1984 and 1985 in a campaign to match a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The funds helped establish the Joyce and Elizabeth Hall Center for the Humanities. The foundation also contributed to the Henry Moore Sculpture Garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
The Hall family also is principal stockholder of MidAmerican Corp., a multibank holding company that owns First National Bank of Lawrence.