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Office of the Press Secretary


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 19, 1994


The President today announced his intention to appoint four members to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The four are Frank Pearl of the District of Columbia, Ronald Perelman of New York, Jay Stein of Florida and Thomas Wheeler of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Pearl is the founder and chairman of Rappahannock Investment Company, a private investment firm located in Washington, D.C. He is also founder and chairman of Rappahannock Press and affiliated publishing companies. In addition, Mr. Pearl serves as chairman of the Jennie Zoline Foundation, a private charitable foundation concentrating on scientific, literary, educational and other charitable purposes.

Mr. Perelman is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Incorporated, and the Chairman of the Board of Revlon, Inc. In addition, he is a trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Carnegie Hall, the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Mr. Stein is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stein Mart, Inc., an eighty-store retail chain throughout them United States. He is also a member of the boards of Barnett Bank of Jacksonville, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the American Heritage Life Insurance Company, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Cummer Gallery of Art. In addition, Mr. Stein is Vice Chair of the Hebrew Union College Board of Governors.

Mr. Wheeler is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association. A telecommunications entrepreneur, he has also served as president of the National Cable Television Association. In addition, Mr. Wheeler has previously served as a director of Kennedy Center Television Productions, Inc. He is also a director of the Vincent T. Lombardi Foundation, the United States Capitol Historical Society and is the founder of the Foundation for Wireless Telecommunications.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the maintenance and administration of the Center. Specifically, the Board is charged with four programmatic mandates: presentation of classical and contemporary music, opera, dance and poetry; presentation of lectures and programs; development of programs for children, youth and the elderly; and provision of facilities for civic activities.