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Dr. David Skorton named next head of Smithsonian

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian Board of Regents has named Dr. David Skorton to lead the world's largest museum and research complex in Washington.

Dr. David Skorton, AP Photo.

The governing board announced its selection Monday after a closely guarded six-month search.

Skorton, the president of Cornell University and a cardiologist, will replace Secretary Wayne Clough, who plans to retire in October after six years. The 64-year-old will be the first physician to lead the organization and its 13th secretary since 1846. For much of its history, the Smithsonian has been led by scientists

Clough announced his retirement plans in September. He was previously the president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years.

The Smithsonian includes 19 museums based primarily on the National Mall, the National Zoo and nine research facilities around the world.

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