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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 7, 1996
                           ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The President today announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee:

Wendell D. Garrett of California is currently senior vice president of the American Decorative Arts Department and director of the Museum Services Department at Sotheby's in New York. Prior to joining Sotheby's, Mr. Garrett was the editor and publisher of the magazine Antiques for twenty-four years. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Royal Oak Foundation and honorary chairman of the Decorative Arts Trust. He is the author of several publications, including Our Changing White House, Monticello and the Legacy of Thomas Jefferson and American Colonial: Puritan Simplicity to Georgian Grace. Mr. Garrett earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, an M.A. in early American culture at Winterthur and an M.A. in American history from Harvard University. Mr. Garrett will be a representative for the international sale of archaeological, ethnological and other cultural property.

Richard S. Lanier of New York is currently the director of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, a position he assumed in 1990. He has served as president of the Asian Cultural Council for the past fifteen years. Previously, Mr. Lanier was director of the Asian Cultural Program of the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund from 1975 to 1980, and director of the Museum Training Program at Johns Hopkins University from 1971 to 1972. Mr. Lanier is a member of the Japan Society and the Chinese International School Foundation. He earned a B.A. from Tulane University in 1965, an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 1967 and a Certificate of Museum Training from New York University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1968. Mr. Lanier will represent the interests of the general public.

Susan Keech McIntosh of Texas is currently professor of anthropology at Rice University. She has published numerous articles on prehistoric civilizations in Mali and Jenne-jeno, an ancient African city. She has served as the associate editor for archaeology for Current Anthropology and is on the editorial boards of Antiquity and the African Archaeological Review. In 1995, Dr. McIntosh was elected to the Permanent Council of the Panafrican Association and served as a member of the National Science Foundation Archaeology Panel from 1988 to 1990. Dr. McIntosh earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in archaeology from Cambridge University in England, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Dr. McIntosh will be a representative for the fields of archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, or related areas.

Lawrence L. Reger of the District of Columbia is president and chief executive officer of the National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he oversees a broad based coalition of philanthropic museum and library leaders and government officials who are dedicated to the task of preserving our nation's cultural heritage. Previously, Mr. Reger served as director of the American Association of Museums from 1978 to 1986 and as director of program development and coordination, director of planning and management, and general counsel for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1970 to 1978. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Reger will represent the interests of the general public.

The Cultural Property Advisory Committee consists of eleven private citizens who are experts in archaeology and anthropology, the international sale of cultural property, and who represent the interests of museums and the general public. The Committee is responsible for the review of requests from other countries seeking United States protection of their non-renewable archaeological and ethnographic heritage. It renders its expert advice when it submits recommendations to the Director of the United States Information Agency who acts on behalf of the President. The United States Information Agency is the lead agency for U.S. efforts under the 1983 Cultural Property Act to curb the growing trade in international treasures, especially looted archeological and cultural material from other nations.