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Former Faculty in the News: Lonnie Bunch named 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Lonnie Bunch (second left) was a beloved history teacher at Packer in the early 1980s. Before joining the school, he attended Washington, DC’s Howard University and American University, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in American History and African History.

Alumna Victoria Wagman ’84 reflected fondly on Dr. Bunch's class at Packer saying, “I was so excited to hear that my favorite Packer history teacher was going to head the Smithsonian Museums. Dr. Bunch always made us think about history in different ways and that we should not accept one view point, because for any given event in history there were many opinions. He never discouraged us from questioning history. I am so pleased he has become such a great leader.”

Victoria went on to say, “When you go to the African American museum you can see his influence. Not to lecture — but rather, to teach.” With a love of teaching and history, Dr. Bunch is best known for his role as the founding director of the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC. 

In Dr. Bunch's new position as secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, he will oversee all the museums, galleries, parks, and research centers that the organization encompasses. Our alumni community wishes him well in his new role!

Read more about Lonnie's new role:

Leader of Smithsonian’s African American Museum to Direct Entire InstitutionNew York Times

Lonnie G. Bunch III to Become the Smithsonian’s 14th Secretary - Smithsonian Magazine

Smithsonian's new secretary, Lonnie Bunch III, faces political and financial challenges - Washington Post

Lonnie Bunch on the far right. 

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