President Clinton Names Four to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (11/9/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2000

                         THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF

     The President announced today his intention to appoint Ronald Burkle,
James Kimsey, Dorothy McAuliffe and Jay Stein to the Board of Trustees of
the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

     Mr. Ronald W. Burkle, of Los Angeles, California, is the Founder and
Managing Partner of The Yucaipa Companies, a private investment firm based
in Southern California.  Mr. Burkle is also the majority shareholder of
Golden State Foods, the largest supplier of food products to McDonald?s and
Cyrk, Inc., the largest provider of toys and promotions for McDonald?s.
Mr. Burkle is a Member of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee
of The Kroger Company and a Member of the Board of Kaufman & Broad Home
Corporation.  In partnership with Mario Lemieux, he is the majority owner
of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.  He also serves
as Chairman of the Board of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
America and as Co-Chairman of the Burkle Center for International Relations
at UCLA.  He founded the Burkle Scholarship Award with the Los Angeles
Urban League and is a Trustee of the National Urban League.

     Mr. James V. Kimsey, of Arlington, Virginia, is the Founding CEO and
Chairman Emeritus of America Online, Inc., Chairman of the AOL Foundation
and Chairman of the Kimsey Foundation.  He also was appointed by Mayor
Anthony A. Williams to Chair the Washington Millennium & Bicentennial
Commission, which is sponsoring a series of commemorative events throughout
2000 to focus on the rich history of the nation?s capital.
Mr. Kimsey serves on a number of boards, including the Children?s
Scholarship Fund, the Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Fund, and is Chair of Refugees International and a Board Member of several
foreign policy councils and national security organizations.   Mr. Kimsey
is Chairman of the Board of The Washington Opera and sits on the executive
committee of the National Symphony Orchestra.  He is also a member of the
U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors and the Board of Directors of
Georgetown University.  Mr. Kimsey attended Georgetown University and
graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

     Ms. Dorothy Swann McAuliffe, of McLean, Virginia, serves on the boards
of several privately held companies in the real estate development area,
including the Jefferson National Management Company, Jefferson National
Title Insurance Company, and the Columbia Land and Development Corporation.
Previously, she was associated with the law firms of Thompson & Mitchell
and Heron Burchette Ruckerett & Rothwell.  Ms. McAuliffe is also a Member
of the Board of the Friends of the Georgetown University Child Development
Center.  She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

     Mr. Jay Stein, of Jacksonville, Florida, is Chairman and CEO of Stein
Mart, Inc., a retail store chain.  He is also active in numerous
charitable, civic and educational organizations.  In Jacksonville, he
serves on the boards of The Bolles School, National Conference of
Christians and Jews and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.  Nationally,
he serves on the board of The Simon Peres Center for Peace in Jerusalem and
is a Dean?s Council Member for the Tisch School of Arts.  Mr. Stein
recently retired as a Vice Chair of the Hebrew Union College Board of
Governors.  He was a founding member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

     The Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts is responsible for the maintenance and administration of the Kennedy
Center.  The Board is charged with four programmatic mandates: the
presentation of classical and contemporary music, opera, dance and poetry;
the presentation of lectures and other programs; the development of
programs for children, youth and the elderly; and the provision of
facilities for civic activities.


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