President Obama Appoints Professor Clement A. Price Vice Chair of Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

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Dr. Clement Alexander Price, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History at Rutgers University, Newark, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as vice chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The appointment was announced by The White House on July 29, 2011.

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is an independent federal agency that “promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our nation’s historic resources, and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy,” according to the ACHP’s website. ACHP advises the President and the Congress on national historic preservation policy.
Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick commented on the appointment: “Clement Price is an outstanding choice. He brings to this leadership position enormous scholarly depth, a special understanding of the role that cities have played in our nation’s history, and an interest in capturing the experience of all Americans.”

“Clement Price has pioneered in bringing the study of history to broad public audiences,” Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Steven J. Diner said. “His appointment to this key position will broaden the nation’s understanding of its history and insure that federal historic preservation programs move beyond elite sites and structures to encompass the full history of the American people.”

Price, a member of the history faculty at Rutgers and a resident of Newark, NJ, has been a leader for many decades in organizations and causes serving preservation and advancement of history, culture and education in New Jersey and beyond.

Price is chairman of the Save Ellis Island Foundation, president of the Newark Education Trust, a trustee of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and Newark Public Library, and a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Newark Black Film Festival and is a member of the advisory council for the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

In 2009, Dr. Price was agency lead for the National Endowment for the Humanities on President Obama’s transition team, and he was vice chairman of the New Jersey Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Along with the late Giles R. Wright, he was the 1981 co-founder and co-organizer of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious conferences in observance of Black History Month in New Jersey. He has appeared in numerous television programs commenting on New Jersey and national history, politics and social issues. The award-winning PBS documentary, The Once and Future Newark, features Price’s tour of the historic and contemporary Newark, NJ.

The ACHP, founded in 1966 as part of the National Historic Preservation Act, was “established as a cabinet-level body of Presidentially appointed citizens….to ensure that private citizens, local communities, and other concerned parties would have a forum for influencing Federal policy, programs, and decisions as they impacted historic properties and their attendant values,” according to the ACHP’s website. Commenting on the Council’s work, Price said, “I hope that my long-standing interest in the complicated rhythms of New Jersey’s history, and the places where its history has unfolded, will benefit the Council’s mission and its commitment to preserving the nation’s richly diverse historic resources.”

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