Smithsonian Fills Top Positions
Shaw-Eagle, Joanna, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Thomas W. Lentz was named director of the Smithsonian Institution's International Art Museums Division yesterday, and Herma Hightower was appointed head of the Smithsonian's national programs.
The appointments were announced by the Smithsonian's new secretary, Lawrence M. Small.
After a nationwide search, the institution found the new director for international art within its ranks. Mr. Lentz is deputy director of the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which together form the Smithsonian's national museum of Asian art.
The Smithsonian went farther afield, to Montclair, N.J., for Miss Hightower. She is regional commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service's Northeast Region.
In February, Mr. Small announced a reorganization of the Smithsonian into five new divisions. He said he was trying to make it more responsive to the public.
Mr. Lentz will oversee the Freer and Sackler galleries, the National Museum of African Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
"Tom Lentz's respected expertise in Islamic art is matched by a personal interest in contemporary and non-Western arts and by concern for how museums function within societies," Mr. …