Dr. Wayne Clough announced last week that he will step down as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in October 2014.  He will have served more than six years as head of the Institution.  Previously, Clough served as president of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“When I became Secretary in 2008, I believed strongly that the Smithsonian had enormous untapped potential, especially in digital technology, to reach millions of people and serve as a resource for those who cannot visit Washington,” Clough said.  “I am confident that with our initiatives underway in bioconservation, education, digitization and fundraising, this is the right time to announce my plans for next fall so that an orderly transition can begin.”

The Smithsonian’s Board of Regents will form a search committee to identify Clough’s replacement.