Shortly after S. Dillon Ripley became the Smithsonian Institution's eighth Secretary in 1964, he created a group of advisors named the Secretariat. It was composed of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Director General of Museums, Assistant Secretary for Science, Assistant Secretary for History and Art, Assistant Secretary for Public Service, Treasurer, Director of the Office of Academic Programs, General Counsel, Director of the Office of Personnel and Management Resources, the Assistant to the Secretary, the Public Affairs Officer, the Director of the Office of International Activities, and the Secretary's Executive Assistant. From this committee the Secretary obtained such information and advice as he wished in making operating decisions for the Smithsonian. In 1971, as a result of a study of management practices at the Institution, the Secretary streamlined this group, renaming it the Executive Committee. Its members were the Assistant Secretaries for Science, History and Art, and Public Service; the Treasurer, the Executive Officer for Supporting Services, and, ex officio, the General Counsel. The new committee continued to advise the Secretary and was also given more responsibility for making decisions than its predecessor.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 616, Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Secretary, Secretary's Executive Committee, Minutes
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