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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 9, 2000
                        THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF

     The President announced today his intention to appoint Ronald

Burkle, James Kimsey, Dorothy McAuliffe and Jay Stein to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Mr. Ronald W. Burkle, of Los Angeles, California, is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Yucaipa Companies, a private investment firm based in Southern California. Mr. Burkle is also the majority shareholder of Golden State Foods, the largest supplier of food products to McDonald's and Cyrk, Inc., the largest provider of toys and promotions for McDonald's. Mr. Burkle is a Member of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Kroger Company and a Member of the Board of Kaufman & Broad Home Corporation. In partnership with Mario Lemieux, he is the majority owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) America and as Co-Chairman of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. He founded the Burkle Scholarship Award with the Los Angeles Urban League and is a Trustee of the National Urban League.

Mr. James V. Kimsey, of Arlington, Virginia, is the Founding CEO and Chairman Emeritus of America Online, Inc., Chairman of the AOL Foundation and Chairman of the Kimsey Foundation. He also was appointed by Mayor Anthony A. Williams to Chair the Washington Millennium & Bicentennial Commission, which is sponsoring a series of commemorative events throughout 2000 to focus on the rich history of the nation's capital. Mr. Kimsey serves on a number of boards, including the Children's Scholarship Fund, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and is Chair of Refugees International and a Board Member of several foreign policy councils and national security organizations. Mr. Kimsey is Chairman of the Board of The Washington Opera and sits on the executive committee of the National Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors and the Board of Directors of Georgetown University. Mr. Kimsey attended Georgetown University and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Ms. Dorothy Swann McAuliffe, of McLean, Virginia, serves on the boards of several privately held companies in the real estate development area, including the Jefferson National Management Company, Jefferson National Title Insurance Company, and the Columbia Land and Development Corporation. Previously, she was associated with the law firms of Thompson & Mitchell and Heron Burchette Ruckerett & Rothwell. Ms. McAuliffe is also a Member of the Board of the Friends of the Georgetown University Child Development Center. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Jay Stein, of Jacksonville, Florida, is Chairman and CEO of Stein Mart, Inc., a retail store chain. He is also active in numerous charitable, civic and educational organizations. In Jacksonville, he serves on the boards of The Bolles School, National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Nationally, he serves on the board of The Simon Peres Center for Peace in Jerusalem and is a Dean's Council Member for the Tisch School of Arts. Mr. Stein recently retired as a Vice Chair of the Hebrew Union College Board of Governors. He was a founding member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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. 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.