THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RUTH ANN MINNER TO THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS OF THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint Delaware Lieutenant Governor Ruth Ann Minner to the Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Ruth Ann Minner of Delaware currently serves as the state's first female Lieutenant Governor. As Chair of the Commission on Government Reorganization and Effectiveness, known as the Minner Commission, and the Government Task Force on Workforce Quality and Personnel Reform, Lt. Governor Minner has focused her attention on making state government more effective and customer-friendly. Prior to her successful election to the Lieutenant Governorship, she served as a Delaware State Representative from 1974-1982 and State Senator from 1982-1992. Her legacy as a legislator and member of the bond bill committee includes: establishing the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover; funding the expansion of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Winterthur Museum and Gardens to lower Delaware; encouraging the Delaware Arts Council to spread its programs and funding throughout the state; and developing a new funding method for community libraries. As a member of the Legislature, she also served as a member of the National Council of State Legislatures' Historical Affairs and Arts Council.
The Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is charged with advising and consulting with the Board of Trustees for the Center. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board regarding existing and prospective cultural activities to be featured at the Center. In addition, the members of the committee assist in the Center's capital campaign and act as liaisons to performance groups and performing arts centers throughout the nation. The staff and budget for the Advisory Committee are determined and allocated by the management of the Kennedy Center.