Cole's leadership is a corresponding member of the Accademia Senese degli Intronati, society, a member of several boards has written numerous articles and fourteen books, fourteen books was decorated as the highest honor as a Knight of the Grand Cross, had criticized previously design serves for the National Civic Art Society on the board of advisors. Governor Mitch Daniels awarded Cole, the Sagamore of the Wabash. Two years was the William E. Suida Fellow in Florenz at the Kunsthistorisches Institut.
President Bush awarded Cole, the Presidential Citizens Medal. President Obama appointed Cole to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission. The country is a project of the National Endowment, a project of the National Endowment for ldquo and the Humanities program for ldquo and the Humanities program.