Robert Martin Appointed Acting Chair of NEA

Robert Martin Appointed
Acting Chair of NEA

The White House announced August 22 that Robert S. Martin, former director of the Texas State Library Association who was confirmed July 12 as the new director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will also serve as acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. He will begin both positions October 1.

Martin will take over until a permanent replacement is found for current NEA Chair Bill Ivey, a Clinton appointee who will leave in September.

“My role at the Endowment will be limited to routine administrative matters, to ensure the continuing effective operation of that agency during the brief interim period between the resignation of Bill Ivey and the confirmation of a new arts endowment chairman,” Martin told ALA’s Washington Office.

Washington insiders say Martin was selected because in order to serve as acting head of a federal agency, a person must already be confirmed by the Senate for another position, according to an August 23 Reuters report.

Posted August 27, 2001.