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U.S./world – Arts chief quits – White House surprised

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Bill Ivey, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has resigned unexpectedly, The Washington Post reported April 25.

Ivey, appointed by President Bill Clinton to a four-year term in 1998, had said he wanted to keep the job as long as President Bush would let him, the Post said.

He gave no reason for quitting, and the White House said it was surprised by the move and had had “no reason to believe he wouldn’t serve out the remainder of his term.”

In his proposed fiscal 2002 budget, Bush requested $105.2 million for the NEA, the same level as the current year.

For full story, go to The Washington Post.

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