Lonnie G. Bunch III, the Smithsonian Institution’s New Director

May 31, 2019

A warm welcome and congratulations to Lonnie G. Bunch III, the Smithsonian Institution’s new director! Mr. Bunch is the first historian appointed to this position and marks a “significant tilt toward the humanities for the nearly 175-year-old Smithsonian.”

“We couldn’t be happier with the selection of Mr. Lonnie Bunch as the new director of the Smithsonian Institution,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. “His experience creating and launching the National Museum of African American History and Culture coupled with his vision to incorporate technology to make the Smithsonian more nimble and at the forefront of addressing American cultural and social issues, truly marries the academic and public humanities and scientific communities in an approachable, relevant, and important way. We look forward to his ideas and leadership.”



Lonnie Bunch said ‘building a museum from scratch’ prepared him to manage the Smithsonian’s $1 billion budget

… “It’s important for people not to see us as an attic of nostalgia but as a cauldron of ideas,” [Lonnie Bunch] said. “We can be part of a broader conversation, be part of the glue that holds this country together.”

Read the complete WSJ Article.

Photo Credit: WSJ – Lonnie Bunch, in a 2017 photo, takes the helm at the Smithsonian Institution after having successfully launched the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. PHOTO: J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/ASSOCIATED PRESS