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University board chair leads planning for Obama's presidential library

Loyola press release - February 3, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans Board of Trustees Chairman J. Kevin Poorman joins two other longtime supporters of President Barack Obama—Martin Nesbitt and Julianna Smoot—to spearhead the planning for Obama’s future presidential library. The three will serve on the board of directors for the newly formed foundation tasked with managing that planning process, The Barack H. Obama Foundation.

The Barack H. Obama Foundation, which will operate as a section 501(c)(3) organization, will develop a presidential library that reflects Obama’s values and priorities throughout his career in public service, including expanding economic opportunity, inspiring an ethic of American citizenship, and promoting peace, justice, and dignity throughout the world, according to the foundation.

“As President Obama continues to lead the nation through a crucial period in our history, I'm honored to help establish a library that will chronicle his tenure and build on his work in office. I also look forward to working with the many organizations across the nation that have expressed interest in becoming home to the future Barack H. Obama Presidential Library,” Poorman said.

The foundation will issue a request for proposals in May and will likely make a decision on site selection in early 2015.