Agency history, 2000-2015

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  • Evans, David L. 1945-
  • Shapiro, Irwin I
  • O'Connor, J. Dennis
  • Rubinoff, Ira
  • Alcock, Charles
  • Pell, Eva J
  • Kress, W. John
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research


Agency History


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  • The Torch, March 2000
  • Announcement from Secretary Small to the Smithsonian staff, August 19, 2002
  • Smithsonian Annual Report, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2015
  • Smithsonian News Release - Eva Pell Names Smithsonian under Secretary for Science,, August 13, 2009
  • The Office of the Under Secretary for Science was created in 2000 to unify the Institution's scientific resources, foster cooperation, sharpen priorities, and to enhance the ability to employ at the collective level the same well-reasoned principles of organization that undergird good science at the individual level. Dennis O'Connor, formerly the Smithsonian's Provost, was appointed to the post and served, 2000-2002. Irwin I. Shapiro was Acting Under Secretary for Science, 2002, and was succeeded by David L. Evans, 2002-2007. Ira Rubinoff was Acting Under Secretary for Science in 2007, and was followed by Charles Alcock as Acting Under Secretary for Science in 2008. Appointed in August 2009, Eva J. Pell began her tenure as the Under Secretary for Science in January 2010 and served until 2014. W. John Kress served as Interim Under Secretary for Science until the Smithsonian administrative structure was revised and the position of Under Secretary for Science was replaced by the Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research in 2015

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  • 2000
  • 2000-2015


  • Science
  • Museums
  • Museums--Administration
  • Research


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00290

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