from the Washington Post, Oct. 27, 2006
W. Richard West Jr.'s Vision Defined An Institution That Confounded Some
By Jacqueline Trescott
W. Richard West Jr. the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and its public face throughout its planning and its first two years of operation, announced yesterday that he would leave next year.
West says he is very comfortable with his decision.
"I wished to walk through that door, rather than be ushered through the door or carried through the door," says West, 63. Next November, when he plans to leave, West will have spent 17 years helping the world's largest cultural organization plan the first museum on the Mall dedicated to minority culture.
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