Smithsonian to name new head of museum complex

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian Board of Regents plans to name a new secretary to lead the world's largest museum and research complex in Washington.

The governing board scheduled a news conference for Monday. The new head of the Smithsonian Institution will replace Secretary Wayne Clough, who plans to retire in October after more than six years in the post.

Clough announced his retirement plans in September to allow time for an orderly transition. He was previously the president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years.

The Smithsonian includes 19 museums based primarily on the National Mall, the National Zoo and nine research facilities around the world.

The new Smithsonian secretary will be the 13th since 1846. For much of its history, the Smithsonian has been led by scientists.