President Clinton on Saturday nominated actress Jane Alexander to be chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Alexander “will be a tireless and articulate spokesperson for the value of bringing art into the lives of all Americans,” Clinton said.
If confirmed, Alexander would head up a controversial agency that has been a lightning rod for criticism from conservatives in recent years.
Her appointment is widely supported by many in the arts who believe that having a renowned artist lead the agency will boost its stature and credibility and make it less vulnerable to conservative attacks.
Alexander ends her Tony-nominated run in Broadway’s “The Sisters Rosensweig” on Saturday.