President Bush Reappoints Joseph B. Gildenhorn Chairman of Wilson Center

Oct 10, 2006

WASHINGTON—The White House recently announced the reappointment by President George W. Bush of Joseph B. Gildenhorn as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Mr. Gildenhorn will serve another six-year term.

Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center welcomed the reappointment. "Joe Gildenhorn has been an extraordinary chairman of the Wilson Center board. Through his vision, engagement, and direction, he is making his mark on this great institution, and we welcome and congratulate him on his reappointment."

Joseph B. Gildenhorn was named chairman of the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in June 2002. He is a widely respected diplomat and businessman. In 1989, he was appointed by former President George Bush to serve as the United States Ambassador to Switzerland where he served until 1993. He is founding partner and a director of The JBG Companies in Washington, D.C., a real estate development and management firm. Mr. Gildenhorn serves on numerous civic and public policy-oriented boards, including the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, the Council of American Ambassadors, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He was named "Washingtonian of the Year 1996" by the Washingtonian magazine. In 2000, Mr. Gildenhorn was honored with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and served as a member of the Wilson Council until his appointment as board chairman.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees is the Honorable Joseph B. Gildenhorn, who previously served as U.S. ambassador to Switzerland (1989-1993). President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center is Lee Hamilton, who served as a member of Congress for 34 years and recently as vice chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States.

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