With three days to go in his tenure, President Obama named Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice as trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The two Obama administration heavyweights fill the last two vacancies on the arts center’s governing board, which has 36 presidentially-appointed members. Each member serves a six-year, unpaid term. With these appointment, all 36 have been appointed by Obama, who steps down Friday after eight years in office.
The Kennedy Center Board also has ex officio members designated by Act of Congress. They include members of Congress, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, the District’s mayor, the Librarian of Congress and the chancellor of the District’s public schools.
Jarret and Rice fill seats that have been open since September, a Kennedy Center spokeswoman said. It is normal practice for open seats to be filled as a president’s term comes to an end, the spokeswoman said.