Governor appoints Lawrence library director to Humanities Kansas board

photo by: Mike Yoder

Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library director, is pictured in this file photo from 2014.

A Lawrence resident has been selected to serve on the board of directors for a statewide organization.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly recently appointed Brad Allen to the board of directors for Humanities Kansas, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Allen is currently the director of the Lawrence Public Library, which he has led for the last seven years.

Allen told the Journal-World that he was excited to join the board because he had been a fan of Humanities Kansas for some time, dating back to when he worked for the Topeka and Shawnee County Library from 2006 to 2010. He commended the organization for supporting important programs.

“Working in a public library, a lot of what we do lives in the world of the humanities, so I see this as a great opportunity to lend my knowledge and experience as a board member as well as learn a lot more about the humanities throughout our state,” he said.

Humanities Kansas is a Topeka-based nonprofit that aims to improve Kansas civic life through programming, grant funding and fostering partnerships with Kansas communities. The Kansas governor has the authority to appoint board members for the organization without Kansas Senate approval.

Along with Allen, Kelly appointed Lisa Sisley, of Manhattan, to the 21-person board. Sisley is one of three owners of New Boston Creative Group, a marketing and advertising firm.

“The Humanities Kansas board is dedicated to ensuring that people across our state have access to programs to help enrich their communities,” Kelly said. “Brad and Lisa are passionate about generating new ideas and strengthening our democracy. They will be a wonderful addition to the team.”

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