At their March board meeting in Dallas, Finlandia Foundation National trustees elected Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen to a three-year term on the board. Virtanen, a native of nearby Toivola, is the Finnish & Nordic Studies professor at Finlandia University. She holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; an MA from Indiana University; and a BA from Michigan State University. Dr. Virtanen will serve as the chair of the Lecturer of the Year committee and as a member of the History and Future committees. She is the assistant editor of the Journal of Finnish Studies and a member of the Finnish Theme Committee, Hancock’s FFN chapter, and the board of directors of FinnFest USA 2013.
The Finlandia Foundation National is the most important source of support for Finnish culture in the United States and boasts 58 chapters nationwide. For more information, visit finlandiafoundation.org.Tags: Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen, Finlandia Foundation National