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December 30, 2007
Marc Pachter
National Portrait Gallery, Director
Marc Pachter BIO:
· He retired on October 1, 2007 as the director of the National Portrait Gallery after a 33-year career at the Smithsonian Institution.
· He was appointed in July 2000 as the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the nation’s only museum of American biography and portraiture.

· Also directed National Museum of American History (Nov. 2001-Jan. 2003) - the first person to lead 2 Smithsonian museums at the same time.
· First joined Gallery’s staff in 1974 as chief historian & assistant director.
· Began program called Living Self Portraits in which he interviewed well-known personalities, like Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham Left Portrait Gallery for 10 years (1990-2000) to hold several key positions in Smithsonian’s central admin, including deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and counselor to then-Secretary Michael Heyman.
· Organizer and chair of the Smithsonian’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Highlights of his tenure at National Portrait Gallery:
· Ensured Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington remains on permanent display by raising $30 million in 2002.
· Established awards program to honor service to & portrayal of presidency.
· Created first national portrait competition.
· Oversaw reopening of Nat’l Portrait Gallery, part of Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture, last July after extensive 6-yr renovation.

Authored or edited a number of books, including Abroad in America: Visitors to the New Nation, Champions of American Sport, Documentary History of the Supreme Court, Telling Lives: The Biographer’s Art, and A Gallery of Presidents, as well as entries in Dictionary of American Biography. Editor for the scholarly journal Biography, & led a group of DC-based biographers for 20 years.

In 1999, awarded Sec.’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Service. Serves on Nat’l D-Day Museum board of trustees; Represents Smithsonian on President’s Cmte on Arts/Humanities, W.H. Historical Assoc & Woodrow Wilson Center board.

Graduated summa cum laude from University of California at Berkeley. Woodrow Wilson fellow & a 5-Year Prize fellow in American history at Harvard Univ., where he taught colonial history, served as a tutor in the honors program, and performed research in American intellectual and cultural history.

Born in New York, but grew up in Los Angeles. Lives in Washington, DC.

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Info: Marc Pachter discusses his work at the National Portrait Gallery and the operations of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Pachter retired in 2007 after 33 years at the Smithsonian, where he held a number of positions including chief historian and assistant director at the Portrait Gallery, acting director of the National Museum of American History as well as deputy assistant secretary for external affairs and chair of the Smithsonian’s 150th anniversary celebration in 1996. He was appointed the director of the National Portrait Gallery in July 2000. The program was taped at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, which houses the National Portrait Gallery.

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