The Michigan Humanities (MH) Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki has been named President & CEO, after 27 months of service as Executive Director.

Anne Belanger, MH Board Chair said, “Michigan Humanities is positioned to begin a bold new vision and set forth its 2018-2020 Strategic Plan. On behalf of the MH board, we are very pleased with the outstanding leadership of Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki. This new title as President & CEO enables her to lead the vision and strategic plan as set forth by the board. We are confident with Shelly’s tremendous skill sets to posture the Michigan Humanities in furthering fund development, expanding partnerships, and leading the organization and its employees to further the humanities for the people of Michigan. This is an exciting time for the organization as we set forth together on accomplishing the vision of the Michigan Humanities.”

“This change in title supports the belief that Ms. Kasprzycki is positioned to lead MH into a new era of management at a level not seen in the past. She has built a strong team, and we are looking forward to seeing the exciting work from Michigan Humanities in the next several years,” said Versell Smith, Jr., Vice Chair of the MH Board.

After a long search, Ms. Kasprzycki was selected to lead MH in January 2016. She is a long-time non-profit leader with over the last 25 years of experience, her career spans serving government as well as nonprofit organizations.

Shelly began her career in public health working for both the County of Jackson and State of Michigan. She also helped create the Jackson Nonprofit Support Center now called the Nonprofit Network.  She also served as the President/CEO of the Jackson Community Foundation and as the Executive Director of Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity. Shelly also has served as a nonprofit consultant in board development, fund development, and strategic planning.

She has received numerous awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Honor from Jackson College, Alumnus of the Year 2006 for the College of Health and Human Services, Eastern Michigan University, and was 2015 Rotarian of the Year in Jackson.

About the Michigan Humanities

As one of 56 state (and territories) humanities councils in the country, Michigan Humanities was founded in 1974 as a result of federal legislation. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Michigan Humanities also actively seeks grants, sponsorships, and individual donations to further support cultural programming for Michigan communities.

• Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
• Discovery and understanding
• Authentic conversation
• Respectful collaboration
• Meaningful experiences

Belief Statement
We invest in the people of Michigan by creating and sustaining humanities programs that provide us with a deeper understanding of the past, the tools for stronger analysis of the present, or a more informed vision for the future.

Our Mission
To inspire us to come together in creative and freely expressed ways to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities.

Our Vision
We are a sustainable, passionate, unifying force that is the humanities leader throughout the state.