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WASHINGTON--Howard Gottlieb, a Chicago business executive, arts patron, violinist and major donor to the Obama inauguration committee fund, was tapped Thursday for his second appointment in the Obama administration.


Gottlieb donated $50,000 to the Obama presidential inauguration committee; his wife Ann contributed $50,000, according to the Obama presidential inauguratio

In February, Gottlieb was appointed to the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

On Thursday, the Obama White House announced that Gottlieb was named to a "key administration" post, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

In another appointment, Obama picked Elaine Wynn, wife of Las Vegas casino magnate Steve Wynn to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Lady Michelle Obama, headlining an October, 2008 fund-raiser in Las Vegas for Obama's presidential bid credited Mrs. Wynn with helping to convince her that Obama should run for president.

"She played just as much a role in pulling me out as me," Mrs. Obama said at the time. "She has been, unbeknownst to her, a role model for me along this journey."

I was told by a White House spokesman on Thursday that Gottlieb stepped down from the Kennedy Center panel to take the arts and humanities appointment. The Gottlieb biography released by the White House did not paint the whole picture because it did not note the Kennedy Center appointment.n committee.

below, from the White House.....

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
_______________________________________________________________________________________
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22, 2010

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON - Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key administration posts:

· Howard L. Gottlieb, Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
· Elaine Wynn, Member, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

President Obama said, "Both Howard and Elaine will bring sound judgment and tremendous dedication to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their talents to this administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key administration posts:

Howard L. Gottlieb, Appointee for Member, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Howard Gottlieb is the General Partner of Glen Eagle Partners, Ltd., a family private investment firm. He was a founding partner of Glenwood Partners and Chairman of Glenwood Financial Group. Mr. Gottlieb is an accomplished violinist. He has played in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performed widely with orchestras and chamber music groups in the United States and Europe. He is a Life Trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Merit School of Music, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ravinia Festival and the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a former trustee of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Mr. Gottlieb is a graduate of the University of Chicago and serves on the University's Visiting Committee.

Elaine Wynn, Appointee for Member, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Elaine Wynn has served as Director of Wynn Resorts since 2000. Ms. Wynn is a past member of the Executive Board of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and has served since 1997 on the State of Nevada Council to Establish Academic Standards. Most recently, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons appointed Wynn co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Education Reform Task Force, created to ensure a successful state application for the federal Race to the Top competition. In addition, she was appointed in February 2010 to the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board by Senator Harry Reid. She is the Founding Chairperson of Communities in Schools of Nevada and was appointed as Chairman of the National Board of Communities in Schools. Ms. Wynn was named the Nevada Governor's Philanthropist of the Year in 2005, and in 2007, America's Promise Alliance awarded her one of seven National Promise of America Founders Awards for her dedication to education and improving the lives of children. Ms. Wynn received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1986.

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