Mass Humanities Names Brian Boyles as Its Executive Director

Brian Boyles
August 23, 2018 — Mass Humanities, a Northampton nonprofit that conducts programs which use history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts, recently announced that Brian Boyles has been named executive director.

Boyles succeeds David Tebaldi, who is stepping down after serving 33 years as executive director of Mass Humanities.

“Brian impressed us with his energy, enthusiasm, and practical grasp of the humanities,” said Hilda Ramirez, a member of the search committee. “His record of accomplishment in engaging diverse groups of people was most impressive,” she added.

For the last 12 years, Boyles worked at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), including the last four as vice president of content and publisher/editor of its award-winning magazine, Louisiana Cultural Vistas.

At LEH, he oversaw grant-making, public programming, and publications, and fundraising, and oversaw the opening of the Louisiana Humanities Center, a convening space for civic dialogue after Hurricane Katrina.

“I’ve long admired David Tebaldi’s leadership in Massachusetts and his advocacy for the public humanities nationally,” Boyle said. “The challenges we face demand bold approaches to the humanities. I look forward to working with communities, scholars, and our supporters to advance the council’s mission of employing the humanities to enhance and improve civic life in Massachusetts.”

Boyles began his career in publishing and worked at Simon & Schuster.

Boyles earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Western History from Tulane University.

Mass Humanities noted the organization reach "a high-water mark for fundraising this year" while continuing a robust grants and program work.

To date in 2018, the organization's Reading Frederick Douglass program has hosted 15 events statewide, while its grants reached communities in Massachusetts with limited access to the humanities, including providing recently arrived immigrants in Fall River an opportunity to reflect on and share their stories and experiences.

For the year ending Oct. 31, 2016, Mass Humanities, formally known as the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities & Public Policy, reported $1.8 million in revenue, of which $1.7 million came from contributions and grants, and $1.7 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.