Brady Statement on the Election of Dr. David Skorton to Secretary of the Smithsonian
March 10, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) Today, Committee on House Administration Ranking Member, Robert Brady (D-PA), made the following statement on the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents announcement of the election of Dr. David J. Skorton as the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian.
“I look forward to meeting and working with Dr. Skorton,” said Brady. “Leading the Smithsonian’s effort to ‘increase and diffuse knowledge’ means advancing scientific research, supporting the arts, and preserving our history and culture. This selection is an enormous responsibility, and a great honor. I have high expectations that he will continue to advance the governance reforms and other initiatives of recent years that have improved the Smithsonian’s management."
The Smithsonian Board of Regents selected Dr. Skorton to replace outgoing Secretary, Wayne Clough, who will retire at the end of 2014. Currently, Dr. Skorton is the President of Cornell University, and a board-certified cardiologist, making him the first physician to lead the institution.
As Secretary, Skorton will oversee 19 museums and galleries, 20 libraries, the National Zoo and numerous research centers, including the Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. He will be responsible for an annual budget of $1.3 billion, 6,500 employees and 6,300 volunteers. The Committee on House Administration is responsible for oversight of the Smithsonian.