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Lawrence M. Small, the 11th Smithsonian Secretary, 2000-2007, submits his resignation to the Board of Regents amid questions over management practices at the Institution. The Board of Regent Executive Committee Chair Roger W. Sant announces the resignation on Monday, March 26, 2007. Dr. Cristián Samper, director of the National Museum of Natural History, is named Acting Secretary. Dr. Paul G. Risser, chair of the University of Oklahoma Research Cabinet and chair of the Science Board of the National Museum of Natural History board of directors, is named Acting Director of the National Museum of Natural History and serves until January 25, 2008.


  • Small, Lawrence M
  • Samper, Cristián
  • Risser, Paul G
  • Sant, Roger W
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Board of Regents


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Olson, Elizabeth, "Embattled Smithsonian Official Resigns," The New York Times, 3/27/2007.
  • Trescott, Jacqueline, and James V. Grimaldi, "Smithsonian's Small Quits in Wake of Inquiry," The Washington Post, 3/27/2007, Section A.

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March 24, 2007


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