LEH Announces New Leadership

Miranda PhotoThe Board of Directors of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) has named Miranda Restovic, MPA, as the organization’s Interim President and Executive Director. Restovic succeeds Michael Sartisky, Ph.D., whose contract was terminated by the Board of Directors last week.

Restovic previously served as LEH Deputy Director, as well as Director of the LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program, over the past seven years. A nationally-recognized, outcomes-driven program, PRIME TIME is the longest running and most effective humanities-focused family literacy model in the nation, serving families in all 64 parishes of Louisiana and in 40 other states since 1991. “The combination of Miranda’s intimate knowledge of the LEH’s operations statewide and her pivotal role in building a national PRIME TIME affiliate network, make her the best and logical choice to lead the organization during this transition period,” stated Michael Bernstein, Ph.D., Chair of the LEH Board of Directors. Restovic holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of New Orleans, as well as a Bachelors or Arts in International Relations and Italian from Mount Holyoke College.

“I deeply appreciate this opportunity, and assure all LEH supporters and constituents that the organization will maintain its steadfast commitment to its educational and cultural mission throughout this transition,” commented Restovic. “The enduring legacy of the LEH, in researching, documenting, and celebrating all facets of our culture – in the most culturally rich state in the nation – will be both closely protected and creatively expanded upon.”

Since 1971, the LEH has invested nearly $70 million to bring Louisiana’s people, history, culture, and stories to local, national, and international audiences. More than 30,000 Louisiana residents have participated in PRIME TIME Family Reading Time programs, more than 105,000 have attended Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) adult reading programs, and more than 6,300 educators have graduated from the LEH’s Teacher Institutes for Advanced Study (they, in turn, teach hundreds of thousands of students annually).  Many thousands of additional Louisiana and U.S. citizens have attended LEH-funded programs, watched LEH-funded documentaries (including one of Ken Burns’ first films: Huey Long), enjoyed reading the award-winning quarterly magazine Louisiana Cultural Vistas and/or have benefitted from using the state’s only comprehensive digital encyclopedia of Louisiana history and culture: KnowLA.org.

For more information about the LEH, contact Brian Boyles at the LEH, 504-620-2632 or boyles@leh.org.

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