Today’s Friday Focus is on Lonnie G. Bunch III, the Smithsonian’s 14th Secretary-elect. Bunch’s appointment is historic, given that he is the first African-American to serve in this role in the institution’s 173-year history.

Bunch has been named leader of the Smithsonian after serving as the
founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American
History and Culture. He has 35 years of museum experience, 29 of which have
been spent with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Air and Space and National
Museum of American History. His keen leadership skills and vision for having
the Smithsonian better reflect the ever-diversifying American landscape are
sure to spark changes that the world is ready to see.

As secretary, Bunch will lead an organization of 19 museums and
galleries and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. He will continue to push for
the Smithsonian to reflect the diversities of American culture, not only in the
curation of museum content but also in the diversity of its staff. He wants to
ensure that as the world visits the nation’s largest museum collection, they
are able to see that diversity represented authentically in every aspect of
their visit.

To read more about Bunch’s historical journey, click here: