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Smithsonian Board Begins Search for New Secretary



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    WASHINGTON - JUNE 16: Tourists and visitors walk past the shuttered Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall June 16, 2006 in Washington, DC. Constructed between 1879 and 1881, the building has been listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2006 List of America?s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The trust said the building "is closed indefinitely and risks falling into obscurity." Constructed from red brick and Ohio sandstone, the building opened in 1881 for President James Garfield's inaugural ball and was closed in January 2004 after years of neglect and underuse. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    The Smithsonian's Board of Regents is beginning a search for the next secretary to lead the world's largest museum and research complex.

    Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough has announced he will retire next year. The board has formed a search committee and hopes to have a new leader in place by summer or early fall of 2014 before Clough leaves.

    Search committee Chairman John McCarter, the former president of Chicago's Field Museum, said Monday that the board is seeking someone with Clough's characteristics and will cast a wide net.

    Clough joined the Smithsonian in 2008 after serving as president of Georgia Tech for 14 years.

    Board member Shirley Ann Jackson, the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, says the Smithsonian needs a person with a vision and who can raise money.