France Córdova Elected Chairman of The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Board of Regents has elected France A. Córdova (PhD '79) as its chair, effective January 2012. She will succeed Patty Stonesifer, who has served as chair since January 2009 and will become vice chair. Córdova, an astrophysicist and president of Purdue University in Indiana, has been a member of the board since 2009. The chair serves a three-year term.