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Revolving Door: G. Wayne Clough Takes Over As Smithsonian Head

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Think of it this way. On one hand, you got a cool new, high-profile job. Everyone is so proud and happy for you. Suddenly you’re the big deal on campus and everyone wants to be your friend. It’s all sunshine and beautiful butterflies, right? Well consider that, if you’re G. Wayne Clough, who was just named as the new head of the Smithsonian Institute, the guy who was last in your chair was Lawrence “Captain Money Spender” Small, who was just like the top-hatted Mr. Monopoly, only less frugal. So you’ve got to imagine that there’s got to be the expectations in place to keep a tight watch on the museum coffers. But Clough looks like a stand-up guy and his white beard makes him downright avuncular, so we’ll trust him…for now. Here’s a bit:

At the news conference, Dr. Clough (pronounced cluff) said his appointment “comes with an enormous responsibility.”

“This is a treasure of our country, and it needs to move forward,” he said. “I know the Smithsonian has some challenges. We will surmount those challenges fairly quickly and move on to what I believe is a tremendous future for the Smithsonian.”

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