Businessman-philanthropist David M. Rubenstein will become a trustee of the National Gallery of Art beginning July 1, museum officials announced Wednesday. At the same time, the museum said Victoria Sant will become a trustee emerita after 15 years on the board.
Rubenstein, co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, is a native of Baltimore who is an active member of The District’s cultural community. He has been associated with the National Gallery since 2005, and in 2012 made a $10 million donation toward the East Building’s renovation. He has been appointed to a 10-year term.
“On behalf of the trustees, it is my great pleasure to welcome David Rubenstein to the Board as the Gallery prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary year and the reopening of its East Building in 2016,” board president Frederick W. Beinecke said in a statement.
President of the board at the Kennedy Center, Rubenstein is a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, co-chairman of the Brookings Institution, vice-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and chairman of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress.
He also serves as chairman of the board of Duke University, his alma mater, and on the boards of Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Sant served as president of the National Gallery’s board for 12 years. She and her husband Roger have been generous donors, including a $10 million gift toward the renovation of the East Building.
“We will continue to seek the wise counsel and support of Vicki Sant, who has been the Gallery’s tireless champion for decades,” Beinecke said.