Obama taps Evanston’s Charles Benton to museum board post

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WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama on Thursday tapped Evanston’s Charles Benton, who, with his wife Marjorie are philanthropists and major Democratic activists, to be a member of the National Museum and Library Sciences Board.


Benton bio, from the White House…..

Charles Benton, Appointee for Member, National Museum and Library Sciences Board

Charles Benton is Chairman and CEO of the Benton Foundation, a position he has held since 1981.  He was first appointed to the National Museum and Library Services Board in 2012.  In 1978, Mr. Benton served as Chairman of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and Chairman of the first White House Conference on Library and Information Services in 1979.  Mr. Benton served as Member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters from 1997 to 1998 and on the Consumer Advisory Committee of the FCC from 2005 to 2010.  He was President of the Encyclopedia Britannica Education Corporation from 1996 to 1997 and Films Inc. from 1968 to 1977.  Mr. Benton is Chairman of Public Media Inc. and Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois.  He serves on the boards of the National Foundation for the Preservation of Film and The Educational Development Center.  He is a Lifetime Trustee of the Field Museum of National History in Chicago.  Mr. Benton received a B.A. from Yale University.

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