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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 16, 1998
                    OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE 

The President today announced his intent to appoint Anita Ray Arnold, Robert B. Barnett, Anita "Buffy" Cafritz and Kenneth M. Duberstein to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Anita Ray Arnold, of Texarkana, Texas, currently serves on the Boards of the Century Bank and Opportunities, Inc. of Texarkana, Arkansas and Texas, and is Co-Chair of their current Capital Campaign. She is also a member of the Texas Council for the Humanities Alliance, the New Texas Foundation, the Texarkana Museums System Guild, the Texas Repertory Theatre and the Women for the Arts. While on the Kennedy Center Board, Ms. Arnold has served as Chair of the Education committee and has been active in the Performing Arts Educational Outreach Program.

Mr. Robert B. Barnett, of Washington, DC, is a Partner with the law firm of Williams & Connolly. In addition to being a current member of the Kennedy Board, he serves on the Board of Visitors, Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown Law School, Chairman of the Committee for Public Advocacy, and a Legislative Assistant to then Senator Walter Mondale (D-MN), and a Law Clerk to Supreme Court Associate Justice Byron R. White.

Ms. Anita "Buffy" Cafritz, of Bethesda, Maryland, is a prominent patron of the arts in the Washington, DC area, and is Co-Chair of the 1998 Kennedy Center Honors Gala. She was first appointed to the Kennedy Center Board in 1988 and also serves on the Boards of the Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies, the Vice President's Residence Foundation and the International Cancer Alliance. Ms. Cafritz also serves on the advisory Boards of No Greater Love, Special Arts, women of Washington, the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine at George Washington Hospital. She is a long-time supporter of the Kennedy Center, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Opera.

Mr. Kenneth M. Duberstein, of McLean, Virginia, is Chair and CEO of The Duberstein Group. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff to President Ronald Reagan in 1988-89, and also served that Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant for Legislative Affairs. Mr. Duberstein is on the Boards of Directors of The Boeing Company, Cinergy Corporation, the Federal National Mortgage Association, the American Council on Capital Formation, Ford's Theatre and the Board of Governors of the American Stock Exchange. In addition to serving on the Kennedy Center Board, he is on the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard University/Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, the Center for Study of the Presidency, and is a trustee of Franklin & Marshall College and John Hopkins University.

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