Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III submits reorganization request for congressional approval




Date: February 20, 2020


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Secretary Lonnie Bunch submitted a reorganization request to Congress that refines the organizational structure moving from the Provost structure to four Under Secretary positions reporting to the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. This proposed structure is subject to congressional approval: The new Office of the Under Secretary for Museums and Culture will oversee Smithsonian history and art museums, cultural centers, and the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Exhibits, International Relations, and National Collections Program. The new Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Research will oversee the science museums and science research centers as well as the Scientific Diving Program, Smithsonian Scholarly Press, and Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Institution Archives. The office will focus on the Smithsonian's collective scientific efforts and commitment to research especially as we address some of the most important issues of our time, such as biodiversity, global health, climate change, species conservation, space, and astrophysics. The new Office of the Under Secretary for Education will better position the Smithsonian's educational objectives and help us "reach every classroom" in our country by creating a holistic strategy for Smithsonian education. The Office of Fellowships and Internships will be added to this organization. The Office of the Under Secretary for Administration will oversee human resources, finance, information technology, facilities, security, audience research (SOAR), and Smithsonian Enterprises. The Office of Advancement, Office of Communications and External Affairs, and Director of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs will continue reporting to me. The Office of the General Counsel will continue reporting to the Office of the Secretary and the Board of Regents.


  • Meroë Park 1966 -
  • Bunch, Lonnie G
  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress
  • Provost of Smithsonian Institution


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • General Notes
  • Lonnie G. Bunch III, Proposed Changes Will Decentralize Smithsonian Management Structure, The Torch, February 20, 2020.

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February 20, 2020



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