WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairman Candice Miller R-Mich. issued the following statement on the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents selection of Dr. David J. Skorton as the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective July 2015. Dr. Skorton, who currently serves as president of Cornell University and is a board-certified cardiologist, will succeed Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough. Miller said:

“I offer my sincere congratulations to Dr. Skorton as he prepares to take the helm of guiding the Smithsonian Institution and building upon Secretary Clough’s outstanding work of preserving our national treasures. Dr. Skorton has an impressive resume serving as president of two of our nation’s universities, and is well suited to lead the charge of an extraordinary and diverse organization that is the Smithsonian. I look forward to the new leadership he will bring to one of our nation’s – and the world’s – leading institution in education and research.”