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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Smithsonian nominates Steve Case for its board

By Jacqueline Trescott
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Steve Case, right, accompanied by Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, speaks during the launch of "Startup America," a national campaign promoting entrepreneurship. (AP)

At Monday's meeting of the Board of Regents, the panel voted to nominate Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL, to the governing board of the Smithsonian Institution.

His nomination requires approval by the Congress and White House.

Case, 52, is now chairman of the Case Foundation, a fund that supports innovation using new technologies, and CEO of Revolution, an investment firm. In addition to his leadership at AOL, Case was also chairman of AOL Time Warner. His other philanthropic work includes the Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, a fund he founded in 2001 to support brain cancer research.

Patricia Q. Stonesifer, the regents chairman and senior adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said Case was a timely choice given the Smithsonian's expansion into digital outreach and preservation.

The regents also announced they have a full compliment now of congressional representation on the board.

The regents are composed of 17 members, six from Congress and nine citizen members, as well as the Vice President of the United States and the Chief Justice. Traditionally the Chief Justice serves as chancellor and runs the quarterly meetings.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), a graduate of West Point and Harvard Law and Harvard's Kennedy School, joins the board. He is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) also joins the regents. LaTourette is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and is also a member of the U.S.Holocaust Memorial Council.

More on this story:

Steve Case to lead new program for startup firms

Gates Foundation donates $50 million to Smithsonian

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 1, 2011; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Smithsonian, appointments  | Tags:  Rep. Steven LaTourette, Sen. Jack Reed, Smithsonian Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution, Steve Case  
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