The Sept. 14 front-page article on the appointment of Lawrence M. Small as secretary of the Smithsonian Institution did not mention the accomplishments of the current secretary, I. Michael Heyman.
Among his achievments, Secretary Heyman secured the funds to build the new National Museum of the American Indian on the Mall, supervised creation of the institution's Web site and ordered the creation of the Smithsonian's 150th touring exhibition, which drew more than 3 million visitors in cities across the country, as well as the 150th anniversary celebration on the Mall, which attracted more than 600,000 people.
In 1996 he created the Institute for Conservation Biology. He has overseen the expansion of research facilities at the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Secretary Heyman created the Center for African American History and Culture, the Center for Latino Initiatives and was responsible for the appointment of a counselor to the Smithsonian provost for Asian Pacific American studies.
At his direction, an affiliations program with local museums has been created to enable Americans to see significant portions of the institution's collections in their hometowns.
The Smithsonian magnet schools program in the District was established along with a national program of graduate education for teachers and "Natural Partners," a national science education Internet-based curriculum.
In 1995, Secretary Heyman's first year in office, the Smithsonian received donations totaling $51.8 million. By 1998 that figure had risen to $92 million.
National Museum of Natural History