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Press Release
January 19, 2009

Alan C. Lowe Named Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

College Park, MD…Acting Archivist of the United States Adrienne C. Thomas announced today the selection of Alan C. Lowe as the new Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The appointment is effective April 12, 2009.

In announcing his selection, Thomas said she “is delighted that Lowe has agreed to become the director of the new George W. Bush Library. He brings a wealth of experience including 14 years of working with the National Archives Presidential Libraries system. During his tenure at the National Archives, he helped to oversee twelve Presidential libraries located throughout the nation. He also served as interim Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. Most recently he has led the building and development of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. We are pleased to welcome Alan back to the National Archives and Presidential Libraries.”

Mark Langdale, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, said “Alan Lowe is an excellent choice for leading the Library through this critical stage of building and development. The Foundation looks forward to working closely with him.”

Lowe is currently the Executive Director of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. As founding director, he has expanded the Center’s archival collections, established public programs and implemented educational and research initiatives dedicated to promoting public service and civic engagement. He also oversaw the construction of the new Baker Center facility on the University of Tennessee at Knoxville campus which opened in October 2008.

While at the National Archives, Lowe worked first as an archivist at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. In 1992, Alan transferred to the Office of Presidential Libraries. He worked closely with libraries and foundations on the development and renovation of new and existing libraries and provided administrative oversight of library operations.

Lowe has also served as the representative of Senate Majority Leader William Frist on the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress and is currently President of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and serves on the advisory Panel for the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center.

Lowe received a B.A. and an M.A. in history from the University of Kentucky. The George W. Bush Library is temporarily located in Lewisville, Texas, and is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The permanent George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will be constructed on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas as part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center which will include the library, museum and institute. The Library will be the 13th library in the National Archives Presidential library system. Once constructed, the library and museum will be operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. The independent public policy institute will be operated by the Bush Foundation.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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