Al Horvath leaving the Smithsonian

Al Horvath, Chief Operating Officer and Under Secretary for Finance and Administration is leaving the Smithsonian for a new opportunity as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the American Chemical Society. His last day will be January 30.

“I will greatly miss Al’s leadership,” said Secretary David Skorton. “Since he arrived at the Smithsonian in 2011, Al has led the team that keeps us open, safe and solvent every day through our facilities, information technology, human resources, security, financial and administrative operations.”

Portrait of Al Horvath

Al Horvath, Under Secretary for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer

As Under Secretary, Al helped build and open the National Museum of African American History and Culture; and advance capital projects, including renovations at the Renwick, Cooper Hewitt and the Postal Museum. He also shepherded the South Mall master plan through completion and approval, which will enable renovations to the Castle, Arts & Industries Building, Hirshhorn and the Quadrangle. In addition to brick and mortar projects, Al led progress in the digital realm, making major strides in our collection digitization process.

After many years of negotiations and research, one of Al’s greatest achievements is signing the collaboration agreement with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for our first exhibition outpost outside of the United States.

Al also served as Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian in 2015, before the arrival of Dr. Skorton.

Mike McCarthy, Deputy Under Secretary for Finance and Administration, will be Acting Under Secretary for Finance and Administration beginning January 31.

Posted: 12 December 2018
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