Brodhead, Schramm Assume Chair, Vice Chair Roles, Costley A New Trustee

Cindy Brodhead and Richard Schramm

The North Carolina Humanities Council has elected Cynthia (Cindy) Brodhead as 2012-2014 Chair and Richard Schramm as 2012-2014 Vice-Chair. Mark Costley was elected to serve as a trustee and assumed his role on the board on October 1.

Brodhead enjoys volunteering with university and community groups as the spouse of the president of Duke University. Brodhead is a member of the advisory boards of Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art and Sarah P. Duke Gardens, where she also volunteers as a horticulture assistant. In addition to the North Carolina Humanities Council, Brodhead serves on the boards of directors of the East Durham Children’s Initiative, Self-Help Credit Union, Carolina Ballet and Preservation North Carolina. A passionate student of literature and history, Broadhead is a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University and has a master’s degree in English literature from Yale University as well as a J.D. from the University of Connecticut. Before moving to North Carolina in 2004, she practiced corporate and regulatory law in Connecticut for many years.

Schramm is vice president for education programs at the National Humanities Center, where, since 1984, he has served in various executive management positions. Before joining the staff of the Center, he was an adjunct professor of English and a coordinator in the Program in the Humanities at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been a consultant to U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History projects in North Carolina and Florida and various other humanities projects throughout the nation.  His scholarly work has focused on the literature of the American South with a special emphasis on the writings of James Agee.  Schramm holds three degrees from the UNC-Chapel Hill: a B.A. and M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in American Literature.

Costley is an attorney who helps individuals, families and businesses with all legal aspects of the management of their financial affairs.  He received an AB, Magna Cum Laude, from Duke University in 1982, and was awarded his Juris Doctorate in 1985 by the Duke University School of Law. He is currently a senior member of Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill, PLLC, where he practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, asset protection planning and business succession planning. Costley has served as a member of the board of trustees of Duke University; as chairman of the board of the Servant Center, Inc.; as a member of board of directors of the Carrboro Arts Center; and as president of the Durham Orange Estate Planning Council.


The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Humanities Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. It facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage. In addition to grants and publications, the Council offers the Road Scholars speakers bureau; the Let’s Talk About It library discussion series; the 2010 traveling exhibition Museum on Main Street, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution and rural communities statewide; and the Teachers Institute, a professional development program for the state’s public school teachers. To learn more about the North Carolina Humanities Council, visit