Tuesday, September 30, 2008
New Chairwoman for the Smithsonian
Last Monday, the Smithsonian Institution announced the appointment of Patricia Stonesifer as chairwoman of the organization. Formerly chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ms. Stonesifer will be the second person to hold this newly created position. Ms. Stonesifer will work to make the organization more stable and transparent following some well-publicized oversight issues, including concerns about the personal spending of its former secretary. While the Smithsonian continues to be in good financial health, this step indicates the organization’s additional commitment to accountability and transparency, and will hopefully help restore donors’ faith in this great American institution.