Archivist of the United States Appoints New Director of the Carter Library
Press Release · Wednesday, April 19, 2000

College Park, MD

Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin announced today the appointment of Jay E. Hakes as Director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, Georgia, effective June 4, 2000. Mr. Hakes is currently the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy. As Administrator, Mr. Hakes is responsible for the collection, dissemination, and archiving of the nation's energy data series. He serves as a major spokesman on energy issues and, among other initiatives, has overseen the enhancement of the Energy Information Administration's website and its services to the public.

In making the announcement, the Archivist said, "I am delighted that Mr. Hakes has agreed to become the new director of the Carter Library. His expertise in administration and his commitment to serving the public will ensure that the Carter Library will continue to be a major research center."

Mr. Hakes started his career in teaching and research before entering government service. He was an Assistant Professor and subsequently an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans from 1970 through 1977. Mr. Hakes has published widely on a variety of subjects, including articles on the judicial recruitment process during the Carter Administration and the impact of Democratic Party reform on the South.

Since entering government in 1977, Mr. Hakes has held Federal positions at the Agency for International Development, the Department of Interior, and the Executive Office of the President. He also worked for Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, including stints as State Energy Director and the Governor's Chief of Staff .

Mr. Hakes graduated from Wheaton College. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Duke University in Political Science.

The Carter Library, one of ten Presidential Libraries operated by the National Archives, consists of a 70,000 square foot archives and museum. The archives houses approximately 27 million pages of Jimmy Carter's White House material, papers of administration associates, including documents, memoranda, correspondence, etc. There are also more than 1 million photographs, and thousands of hours of audio and videotape relating to the Carter Presidency. The Library has custody of nearly 40,000 museum objects, including heads of state and domestic gifts presented to President and Mrs. Carter during the Administration. Exhibitions chronicle Jimmy Carter's Presidency, highlighting both his domestic and foreign policies. The Carter Library is located at 441 Freedom Parkway in Atlanta.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail.


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