Lucas Museum Names Arne Duncan to Board of Directors

CHICAGO (May 23, 2016)— The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced today that it has named former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to its board of directors, effective June 1.

“We are honored that Secretary Duncan will lend his many talents, deep experience and remarkable insights to the museum. His passion for innovative solutions and commitment to equity make him particularly well-suited for the museum's educational and cultural mission,” said George Lucas, founder and chairman of the Lucas Museum.

Duncan joins the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art’s board just months after stepping down as U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama. Prior to his confirmation as secretary of education, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and from 1992 to 1998, he led the Ariel Education Initiative. Duncan was raised in Hyde Park and from an early age has been active in promoting educational opportunities for children on the South Side of Chicago.

“I cannot think of anyone more authentic, more committed and devoted to young people than Arne Duncan,” said Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and member of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art’s board. “Arne shares our vision for creating a world-class institution that connects, inspires and educates diverse communities. We are very fortunate to have him join the board.”

Mr. Duncan said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the board of this truly exceptional nonprofit museum and to have the opportunity to work with pioneers like George and Mellody. This museum will inspire the next generation of artists and storytellers.”

Arne Duncan joins the museum's other board members: Don Bacigalupi, Henry Bienen, Robert Bradley, Tully Friedman, Mellody Hobson, John Lasseter, George Lucas, John McCarter Jr., John Osterweis and Andrea Wishom.