BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- President Barack Obama plans to appoint an Indiana University professor to a commission overseeing a planned national memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower.

IU Professor Emeritus Bruce Cole would join a commission that's in charge of completing the memorial honoring Eisenhower, who was commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II and later served two terms as president.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie praised Cole's selection and called him a distinguished scholar of Renaissance art. Cole is professor emeritus of art history and comparative literature. He also is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington.

Cole also served as chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities from 2001 to 2009. He is the longest-serving chairman in endowment history.

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