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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 1, 1999

The President today announced his intent to appoint Raymond D. Nasher as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Mr. Raymond D. Nasher, of Dallas, Texas, is Chairman of The Nasher Company, a real estate development company and also is Chairman of the Board of Comerica Bank-Texas. He was one of the first real estate developers in the United States to place art, primarily sculpture, in commercial and real estate complexes. Mr. Nasher has served on the boards of Duke University and the American University and on numerous visiting committees, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University. In addition, he has also served on a number of government committees, including the National Commission on Urban Development, as Chairman, and as Executive Director of the White Conference on International Cooperation. He was a United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in 1967-68.

Mr. Nasher's past activities in the arts include service on the boards of the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art. He is currently a member of the International Council of the Tate Gallery, London, and the Collectors Committee of the National Gallery of Art and various councils of the Guggenheim and San Francisco Museums. His internationally acclaimed art collection has been the object of exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The collection has also been exhibited in Madrid, Spain; Florence, Italy and Tel Aviv, Israel.

Mr. Nasher received a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from Boston University, as well as a Doctor of Humane Letters from Southern Methodist University.

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities was established in order to advise the President, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities concerning ways to promote private sector support for the arts and the humanities, especially at the state and local level.