WASHINGTON – The following is a statement by Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center following the announcement by the White House of Tom Nides as the new Wilson Center Board Chair:

“The Wilson Center has benefitted from eleven years of selfless leadership by Ambassador Joe Gildenhorn as our board chair.  Joe and his wife, Alma, have been an integral part of the success of the Center over the last decade.  Joe’s understanding of the unique role of this nonpartisan official, national memorial and his generosity set a high standard.  We have deep appreciation for all he has done for the Wilson Center, and we have asked the Gildenhorns to chair the Wilson National Cabinet, an actively engaged support group for the Center.

It will be hard to thank the Gildenhorns adequately, as we welcome the appointment of Tom Nides – also a friend of longstanding and a superb choice for Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Tom brings energy, experience, insight, a vast acquaintance in government and business and a delightful style. He served recently with distinction in the State Department.  Tom will enhance our efforts to be a trusted platform, a framer of issues, and generator of actionable ideas.”