Secretary G. Wayne Clough Announces Retirement

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  • Secretary G. Wayne Clough announces he will step down as Secretary or CEO of the Smithsonian Institution in October 2014. Clough came to the Smithsonian in 2008 as the 12th Secretary of the Institution. He states in his memo to staff that he will continue his work in the coming year and will assist with an orderly transition to new leadership. Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Clough was president of Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years. At the Smithsonian, he has overseen management restructuring, formulation of a strategic plan, and the initiation of a major capital campaign, among many other accomplishments.
  • The Smithsonian Board of Regents has formed a search committee consisting of: John McCarter Jr. (chair of the search committee), Vice Chair of the Board of Regents and former President and CEO of The Field Museum in Chicago; Shirley Ann Jackson (vice chair of the search committee), Regent, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Steve Case, Regent, Chairman and CEO of Revolution; Co-Founder and Chairman of the Case Foundation; Co-Founder and former Chairman and CEO of AOL; Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Regent; Sakorako "Sako" Fisher, Chair of the Smithsonian's National Board and President of the San Francisco Symphony; Jeffrey Minear, counselor to the Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr., the Chancellor of the Smithsonian; Roger W. Sant, Regent, Chair Emeritus of the Board of Regents; Co-Founder of AES Corp.; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Summit Foundation in Washington, D.C.; and Julian Raby, Director, the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The search committee will be assisted by the search firm of Russell Reynolds Associates with offices in Washington and around the world.


  • Clough, G. Wayne
  • Sant, Roger W
  • Jackson, Shirley Ann 1946-
  • Minear, Jeffrey P
  • Roberts, John G 1955-
  • McCarter, John W., Jr 1938-
  • Cole, Thomas J. 4/28/1949-
  • Fisher, Sakurako
  • Case, Stephen McConnell 8/21/1958
  • Raby, Julian
  • Board of Regents Ad hoc committees


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • SI Email Announcements, "Message from Secretary Clough," September 18, 2013.
  • Smithsonian Institution News Release, "Smithsonian Secretary Announces Plan to Retire Wayne Clough To Step Down October 2014," September 18, 2013.
  • Smithsonian Institution News Release, "Smithsonian's Board of Regents Names Search Committee for New Secretary," September 18, 2013.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


September 18, 2013


  • Secretaries
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Retirement
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees

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