The Idaho Humanities Council, the Gem State's nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, promotes the humanities in Idaho through grants to organizations and individuals throughout Idaho to develop projects and programs that promote greater public awareness of literature, history, law, cultural anthropology, philosophy, and other humanities disciplines.
In that spirit, the IHC has elected Ron Pisaneschi as the new chairman of their board of directors. You may recall seeing Pisaneschi's genial face on the TV in countless local PBS fund drive appearances over the years. He is the current director of broadcasting for Idaho Public Television in Boise.
Pisaneschi has served as a member of the IHC board since the fall of 2001 and was just elected chairman of the IHC's 20-member board at the IHC's fall meeting. His appointment comes as two-term chairman Marc Johnson leaves the position. Johnson, of Boise, is a partner with Tte Gallatin Group, a public affairs consulting firm with offices in Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Washington, D.C.
Since 1985, Pisaneschi has been with Idaho Public Television and during those 20 years, he has served as director of public information, director of marketing, and director of programming before taking on his current duties as director of broadcasting. Pisaneschi also serves as president of the board of directors of the Public Television Programmers Association, as well as on the PBS Children's Advisory Committee, the WGBH Programmers Advisory Committee, the CPB Research Advisory Panel and other national funding and advisory panels.
Pisaneschi was honored as "Programmer of the Year" in 2005 by his colleagues at PBS and plans to utilize his experience to bring the humanities to "every corner of Idaho."